NAKAMURA Yoshifumi "Come on-a my Hut!"

2014.4.26(Sat.) - 2014.8.31(Sun.)



2014.4.26(Sat.) - 2014.8.31(Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, (Open on April 28, May 5, July 21, August 11)



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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-76-220-2802

Nakamura Yoshifumi has consistently made houses that are in tune with the lifestyles of his clients and snug like a set of everyday clothes. This exhibition uses the idea of the hut, a form that has captivated Nakamura since he was a child and which serves as the model for his residential buildings, as a medium for re-addressing the question, "What is a dwelling?" In the Long-term Project Space we will introduce seven huts that have captivated Nakamura over many years along with projects ranging from huts to small residential buildings designed by Nakamura himself. In addition, in the courtyard we will display a full-scale version of a "single-person" hut designed by Nakamura. This hut incorporates many of the features Nakamura has been experimenting with in his own hut in a quest for energy self-sufficiency in a dwelling reduced in size to the bare minimum. It is at once a comfortable living space with the warmth that all individually made things have and a vision of a future society and way of living in response to the energy and environmental problems that confront us, particularly in the wake of 3/11.

Related Projects

Inside Hanem Hut

The hut interior will be open to visitors (by appointment) on a limited basis.
Open: Saturdays and Sundays 14:00–18:00
Appointments will be taken from 1pm on the day of the visit in the courtyard featuring Hanum Hut.
*Please be aware that weather or other conditions may prevent opening the hut.

"The road to hut-making"

A lecture by Nakamura Yoshifumi
Date/time: Saturday, April 26 14:00–16:00 (doors open 13:45)
Venue: Theater 21 (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Capacity: First 180 arrivals (by advance application*) 
Admission: No charge
*Application Closed

Tsunoda Takashi: An evening of lute in praise of huts

Date/time: Saturday, May 31 19:00–20:00
Place: Courtyard (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) *Theater 21 in case of rain.
Admission: No charge

Hanem Hut – the artisans’ perspective

Date/time: Saturday, June 14 14:00–16:00 (doors open 13:45)
Venue: Theater 21 (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Capacity: First 140 arrivals
Admission: No charge

"Learning from huts"

A conversation between Nakamura Yoshifumi + Minagawa Akira
Date/time: Saturday, August 2 14:00–16:00 (doors open 13:45)
Venue: Theater 21 (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Capacity: 180
Tickets: ¥1,000

About the artist

  • Photo: AMEMIYA Hideya

    NAKAMURA Yoshifumi

    Born 1948 in Chiba prefecture. Graduated in 1972 from Musashino Art University, Department of Architecture. Worked at the office of architect Shinji Tsunenobu from 1972 to 74, before studying furniture making in the Woodworking Department at Tokyo Metropolitan Shinagawa Vocational Training Center. Worked at the office of architect Yoshimura Junzo from 1976 to 1980. Established his independent practice, Lemming House, in 1981. Professor in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Nihon University since 1999. Awarded the 1st Yoshioka Prize for Mitani Hut in 1987 and the 18th Yoshida Isoya Prize Special Award for his cumulative body of housing projects.
    Representative works include: Mitani Hut (Nagano, 1985), House in Kazusa I & II (Chiba, 1991, 1992), museum as it is (Chiba, 1994), House in Ogigayatsu (Kanagawa, 1998), Rei Hut (Tochigi, 2001), Itami Juzo Memorial Museum (Aichi, 2007), and House in Meigetsudani (Kanagawa, 2007).
    Author of Jutaku junrei [A Pilgrimage of Houses] (Shinchosha), Jutaku dokuhon [The House Reader] (Shinchosha), Ichu no kenchiku [The Architecture in My Mind] (Shinchosha), Fudangi no jutakujutsu [Design Techniques for Casual-Wear Housing] (Okokusha), Jutaku junrei futatabi [A Pilgrimage of Houses Redux] (Chikumashobo), Nakamura Yoshifumi: Futsu no jutaku, futsu no besso [Yoshifumi Nakamura: Ordinary Houses, Ordinary Cottages] (TOTO Publishing), Kurashi o tabi suru [Lifestyle journeys] (KK Best Sellers), Yoshimura Junzo, Jutaku saho [Designing dwellings] co-authored with Yoshimura Junzo, and Fushin no tenmatsu [The Circumstances of Building] co-authored with Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Iwanami Shoten), among others.

Related publication

  • Nakamura Yoshifumi: Come on-a my hut!

    2013, TOTO Publishing
    Author: Nakamura Yoshifumi
    Photographs: Amemiya Hideya
    Price: 2,200JPY (plus tax)
    On sale at the Museum Shop
    (Also available for perusal for the duration of the exhibition at the Art Library)



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

Supported by:

Hanekenchiku Kobo, Fujimaki Kogyo, Create A, Column, Abe Kensetsu, Kureba Kenchiku Kobo, Keidan, Sakura Seisakusho, Natural & Architecture Labo Ltd, Shiba Mokuzai, Mori no Koubou, Takaoka Industrial Copperware Complex, Tsukide Komuten, Fujimi Komuten, Vega House, Mina, Mokuyoren, Fujimitsuya, Nakada, Seikatsu Kogei Project shop labo Mono to Hito

In Cooperation with:

TOTO Gallery MA, image+monogatari seisakujo