House in White
Location: Tokyo, Japan
With House in White, architect Kazuo Shinohara reinvented established forms of the single-family dwelling. Familiar design elements — a square plan, a pointed roof, white walls and a center post — are infused with a new sense of abstraction, detailing and symbolism. Shinohara gives the traditional Japanese great room an almost oceanic spaciousness. →
Kazuo Shinohara (1925-2006), one of the most influential Japanese architects in postwar international modernism. His effects on the discipline as a theorist, designer and teacher have been immense. His work is generally classified as having strong qualities of lucidity and ephemerality, combined rigorous geometry with traditional Japanese forms to create purist, poetic structures of modest scale but vast ambition.