Japan Houses in Ferroconcrete is a much sought-after book about new-wave Japanese minimalism. Published in 1988, the book opens a viewpoint towards one of the most influential movements of post-modern architecture and the stunning detailing of Japanese ferroconcrete structures. The editor is Makoto Uyeda (b. 1935), a Japanese architecture critic; the photographs are by Junichi Shimomura.
The book showcases 21 examples of private houses where ferroconcrete is the main structural and architectural material. The featured architects are, for example, Tadao Ando, Tsutomu Abe, Kazuhiro Ishii, Toyo Ito, Fumihiko Maki and many other world-renowned masters of Japanese architecture. Japan Houses in Ferroconcrete presents their buildings with architectural drawings and a variety of both black-and-white and colour photographs. The book also gives detailed project descriptions and an introduction to Japanese architectural thinking and aesthetics as reviewed from the 1980s perspective. The texts are both in Japanese and in English.
The copy in stock is in nice condition for its age. There is a small tear on the dust jacket that also shows some shelf wear. The pages are clean and tidy, however, except for some slight yellowing on their edges.