An Exhibition of Japanese Residential Architecture in Adelaide

Wed 12th September, 2018 – Wed 3rd October, 2018
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, The Hawke Centre, UniSA
55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA
It comes off seasons in Japan, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The University of South Australia is hosting an international exhibition focused on Japanese domestic architecture. It’s billed as the first exhibition in Australia to do so.

As the name suggests, Japan – Archipelago of the House focuses on the home: “at once the most iconic and the most approachable of the multi-faceted contributions that Japan has made to the discipline of architecture,” the press release reads.

It features the works of 58 Japanese architects across 70 projects, separated by time and place. Areas include Yesterday’s Houses, 14 works from 20th century architectural history; Today’s Houses, 20 contemporary works built since 2000; and Tokyo Houses, 36 photographic portraits of contemporary houses in Tokyo captured by photographer Jérémie Souteyrat (one of the original curators of the exhibition).

There is also a series of video vignettes of the latter, showing these buildings as the frames and stages for daily life, and a collection of 1:50 scale models built by first-year architecture students at the University of Adelaide.

The show was conceived by Tokyo-based French curators in 2013 and has since toured France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Japan. The Adelaide iteration, organised by University of Adelaide architecture professor Dr Julian Worrall, is the first English-language version.

Japan – Archipelago of the House officially opens on September 12 at 6pm at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery in the Hawke Building at UniSA. It runs until October 3. A presentation and panel discussion featuring curators and architects visiting from Japan will be held at the Hawke Centre on September 11. Register here.