Price reductions on two modernist homes this month

Two homes designed by two of Japan’s top modernist architects have had price reductions this month. Update: Both homes have since sold.

Meguro Bauhaus Masterpiece by Tsuchiura Kameki – SOLD

Tsuchiura Kameki (1897-1996) started his career working for Frank Lloyd Wright in Wright’s Taliesin studio in Wisconsin in the 1920s. Tsuchiura’s earlier works were influenced by Wright’s style, but in the 1930s he shifted over to the Bauhaus style.

Located in a high-end residential neighbourhood between Meguro and Ebisu Stations, this home was designed by Tsuchiura as his own personal residence. This was the second residence he designed for himself and is regarded as one of his best surviving works and a pioneer of modern town housing. Tsuchiura lived in the house until his passing in 1996. Over the years he and his wife entertained many notable guests in the architecture world including greats such as Kunio Maekawa and Yoshio Taniguchi. The home even left a lasting impression on Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki who recalls being impressed by the modernity of the house when he visited it at an early age.

The home features an open living room with 4.5 meter ceilings and double-height windows. The built-in sofa that is still in the living room was one of Tsuchiura’s designs and said to have been inspired by the works of Marcel Breuer.

The house has been designed by Tokyo City as a Cultural Property.

Kamakura Residence by Yoshimura Junzo – SOLD

The architect, Yoshimura Junzo (1907-1997), is considered to have been one of Japan’s leading modernist architects. After working in Antonin Raymond’s architectural office in the 1930s, he opened his own office in Tokyo in 1941. He achieved renown not only in Japan but also overseas where he produced works for the Rockefeller family and the Japan Society of New York.

The sale includes the main residence designed by Yoshimura as well as a detached traditional teahouse designed by Nakamura Motoji Koumuten.

Another modernist residence by Yoshimura in a beachfront position in Akiya recently sold and has been restored.

*Please understand that the availability of the above listings is subject to change and that these properties may have sold since this article was published.