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Video: Yodoko Guest House - Ashiya City, Japan

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Video: Yodoko Guest House - Ashiya City, Japan Reply with quote

The Yodoko Guest House / Frank Lloyd Wright - [2:31]


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exterior forms and decoration precursors to Hollyhock House . . . ?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you're right.
Wikipedia says Hollyhock was "built in 1919 - 1921".
This site says Yodoko was designed in 1918 and construction commenced in 1923. So, it seems they were chronologically intertwined.

https://www.yodoko.co.jp/geihinkan/raireki/index_e.html

It would be interested for the Hollyhock experts among us to comment on Yodoko in that regard.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On that same website this is a pretty good "guided tour" of photos (albeit, tiny ones). A lot of nice design and details. The dining room is strange.

https://www.yodoko.co.jp/geihinkan/tour_e/02.html
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barnsdall and Yamamura are contemporary. Aline Barnsdall contacted FLW as early as 1915, though how much actual work was done on the project is not known. She bought the site in 1919, so it could not have been much. Both houses went through great pains getting built, in large part because FLW had his plate full with the Imperial Hotel, as well as crossing the Pacific back and forth several time, suffering all the way with mal de mer.

I suspect one did not lead to the other, but that both were the product of a single frame of mind at the time. While the canted upper portions and some of the detailing are very similar, and as related to Imperial as much as the Aztec connection, the plans and their relationship to the topographies are unrelated. Moreover, while Barnsdall was overseen and altered considerably by Schindler, Yamamura was going through the same process with Arata Endo in charge without any input from FLW.

There are two versions of one book that contain drawings and photos of Yamamura, both in Japanese with minimal text in English. They are out of print, at least in this country, and even J. B. Muns doesn't have them, but occasionally one will show up in an used book shop. There is also a massive Japanese book on all the work in Japan, also in Japanese, and virtually impossible to find here. One needs a contact in Edo.

A couple of things the video doesn't mention: There is a suite of rooms in the traditional Japanese style with tatami and shoji; as built, while horizontal dimensions were in the English mode, the vertical units were in Japanese units ... or the other way around.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Without looking, is this Japanese work covered in the Monographs ? In Taschen ?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A remarkably useful "guided tour"-in-a-nutshell, reminiscent in its scale of Scheine's miniature Schindler guide with building sections (Gili, 1998).

Wright's strong axial symmetry on two floors, entered cross-axis in a way that evokes the Pauson pass-through entry ?

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