Oya-ishi / Oya Stone

by Veronika Spierenburg



With an extensive educational background spanning design, photography, and fine arts, Veronika Spierenburg peruses the idiosyncrasy of Japanese architecture culture through her offhand photography. The presented subjects quietly suggest an almost translucent blend of harmony between the natural landscape and its considerable inhabitants.

“In Japan there are still many traditional houses. The basic requirement of Japanese architecture
is on one hand in balance with nature and on the other hand for protection against natural disasters.
Houses are protected against the weather with bamboo, stone walls and thick thatched roofs.

An interesting example of this are the folk houses, called Kura houses, which have a specific
Japanese wall design: a white grid pattern on black slate. Material and structure protect the
house from rain and wind and prevent the spread of fire. What seems aesthetically pleasing to
the Western eye has a functional significance for the Japanese. The buildings of famous architects
such as Kenzo Tange, Togo Murano, Tadao Ando, Kazuo Shinohara and Kisho Kurokawa are presented
in the book along with folk architecture.”

    185 Pages
21.5 x  28.5cm
Text in Japanese and English

448 pages