Nakayama House
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Architect Arata Isozaki
Location Japan
Date 1964   timeline
Climate temperate
Style Modern or Post-Modern




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Discussion Nakayama House Commentary

“Located in the downtown area of a city that was on the verge of high-rise development, this project called for a clinic and a residence in separate buildings...that was protected from outside views....The solution was two completely unrelated internal systems—the primary structure (determined by the lighting method), and the layout for furniture, storage spaces, and domestic artifacts—which were designed separately and simply put together. Discontinuities and skewed elements appear throughout, perhaps most distinctly in the relationship between the clerestories and the placement of equipment, and pointing out these disjunctions is one of the main design themes. ...The design was severely criticized by many observers at the time because it so completely cut off its surroundings; but it was a particular response to a very special program and was not intended as a general solution.”

— Arata Isozaki. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. p114.


Design team: Noriko Hayashi
Consultants: Yasuo Suzuki Associates (structural); Toshio Ojima (mechanical)
Contractor: Umebayashi Construction Co., Ltd.

Sources on Nakayama House

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. plan and section diagram, p155. — Updated edition available at

Arata Isozaki. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8478-1318-5. LC 90-50795. NA1559.I79A4 1991. p114, 286.

David B. Stewart and Hajime Yatsuka. Arata Isozaki: Architecture 1960-1990. The Museum of Contemporary Art, 1991. elevation drawing, p115, plate 4. axonometric drawing, p114, plate 1. plan drawing, p114, plate 2.  Find books about Nakayama House


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