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date: 23 August 2019

Izue, Yutaka [Hiroshi; Kan] locked

(b Kyoto, Aug 29, 1931).
  • Toshiaki Nagaya

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[Hiroshi; Kan]

(b Kyoto, Aug 29, 1931).

Japanese architect. He graduated from the Civil Engineering Department of Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, in 1957 and worked for two years at the Engineering Bureau of Kyoto University. From 1959 to 1976 he was a designer for Takenaka Komuten Co. Ltd, one of the largest construction companies in Japan, where he became vice-president. During this period he received training and learnt the essence of traditional Japanese aesthetics from Hiroyuki Iwamoto, Director of the design department and winner of the competition for the National Theatre in Tokyo.

In 1976 Izue established his own office in Osaka and started his career designing houses such as the Benigara Colour House (1977), Marugame, a traditional-style house in a rural setting, with red ochre-coloured walls. In the 1980s he became interested in sukiya zukuri (‘tea house construction’; see Japan, §XV, 2), an eclectic style of traditional Japanese residential architecture in which different materials and styles are combined according to the architect’s personal idea of spiritual beauty. The freedom and individuality of modern ...

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