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    DescriptionThis book presents a detailed history of Katsura, the seventeenth-century Imperial Palace in Kyoto, a pivotal work of Japanese architecture often described as the 'quintessence of Japanese taste'. First revealed to the modern architectural world by the German architect Bruno Taut in the early twentieth-century, Katsura stunned and then excited the architectural community of the West. Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, pillars of the Modernist establishment, were fascinated by Katsura's 'modernity'. They saw in it orthogonal and modular spaces, devoid of decoration, clear parallels to contemporary Modernism, going so far as to proclaim Katsura a 'historical' example of modernity. This book documents the palace in detail, combining newly commissioned photographs, detailed drawings, archival material, and historical analysis.

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    Imperial Villa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arata Isozaki
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 402
    Width: 250 mm
    Height: 280 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 2,354 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714862545
    ISBN 10: 0714862541

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AMKH
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    Abridged Dewey: 720
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Approval Code: A05092720
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ARC024010
    DC22: 728.8209521864
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    LC classification: NA7758.K94 K27513 2011
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    Thema V1.0: AMK
    Illustrations note
    197 colour, 226 black and white
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Publication date
    19 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Arata Isozaki (b.1931) is one of the most important living Japanese architects today. After spending nine years working as an apprentice for Kenzo Tange, he went on to establish his own firm in 1963. Since then, he has earned a reputation across the globe for his notable buildings in Europe, America and Asia and was awarded the RIBA gold medal in 1986. Manfred Speidel (b.1938) graduated from the University of Stuttgart Department of Architecture in 1965 and is a leading authority on Bruno Taut. Bruno Taut (1880-1938) was a German-born architect and theorist who visited Katsura in the 1930s and was one of the first to champion the complex as a precursor of modern architecture. Walter Gropius (1883-1969) was chairman of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design from 1937-52 and was a founder of the Bauhaus. Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) was one of Japan's foremost architects and was the winner of the 1987 Ptitzker Architecture Prize. Francesco Dal Co (b.1945) is Professor of Architectural History at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice.
    Review quote
    'a sumptuous new book ... beautifully designed and lavishly produced ... Yoshiharu Matsumura's splendid photographs allow a virtual guided tour leaving no detail uncovered. One can work through every well-proportioned reception room, admire the fine woodwork and almost touch the magnificent bamboo fences enclosing the garden. ' Building Design 'A stunningly beautiful and minutely detailed portrait of the 16th century Katsura villa in Kyoto.' Icon