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The Japanese House: Architecure and Life after 1945 looks at the experimental architecture that emerged in Japan after the second world war, and how it has developed up to the present day.

Split across the two levels of the Barbican Art Gallery, it offers an overview of distinct styles that defined house design in the country during this period, by showcasing the work of 40 architects. Highlights include a full-size recreation of a room from Kazuyo Sejima's House in a Plum Grove (2003), a model of Tadao Ando's Row House (1976), and photographs of Takemitsu Azuma's impressive Tower House (1974).

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a full-size model of Nishizawa's Moriyama House. Built in 2005, this residence was designed by the Pritzker Prize winner to challenge the format of the typical Japanese house. It sees the traditional home deconstructed into a series of separate rooms, arranged around a garden.