Although Kazuo Shinohara has achieved pre-eminence among Japan's living architects, he is almost unknown in the West. Until 1980 he concentrated upon the reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architecture in a deliberate quest for the quintessential modern Japanese dwelling. After summarizing the directions this architect took in his career between 1953 and 1980, and discussing Shinohara's Tanikawa (1974) and Ohtsuji (1976) residences in terms of a developing theory of the "savage machine," the author discusses this and the much more traditionally Japanese meanings inherent in Shinohara's 1978-1980 design of a residence for the Suzuki family in Tokyo. In conclusion, mention is also made of the directions taken by this architect since 1980.
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