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Ettore Sottsass

It was a slow weekend

Richard Neutra / Chuey House

You would think that if a house like this, by an architectural master like Richard Richard Neutra, were for sale, the seller might want to mention it.

Source: Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

In this case, it isn't. This is also the only photo of the house shown on the MLS. Unfortunately, this is another case of expensive real estate and a small home. The property is being marketed as a $10.5 million "development opportunity." 
Source: Redfin

The zoning is LAR1 and the slope is something fierce, so development is limited to one dwelling unit and would be very tricky. 

Source: Google via Redfin

However, this view has me nervous about the fait of the little architectural gem. 

Source: DNA (This is from an old listing of the property)

That listing actually showed the house, which appears to be in excellent condition.

Source: DNA

The house was built in 1956 for Josephine Ain Chuey and her husband Robert Chuey. They were both artists. Josephine had been married to Gregory Ain. That's her sitting on the patio in 1960.
Source: Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Julius Shulman shot the house in 1960.

Source: Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Josephine Chuey passed away in 2004 and the house was inherited by her niece and nephew, who still own it. They seem to be in financial trouble, leaving the house in a strange situation with a bankruptcy court having final say in the sale. Read about that and more at Curbed.
Source: Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

I wonder what happened to the Neutra furniture? There's the obvious "Boomerang" chair and then a "Tremaine" chair by the fire.

Source: Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Check out the rosewood on that Eames LCW.

Source: Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

Expo 70 / Osaka

The Steel Pavilion by Kunio Maekawa is one of the few original Expo 70 buildings still standing.


It now houses a museum dedicated to Expo 70. 


A piece of the Expo 70 Tower by Kiyonari Kikutake (below) sits near the building.


Expo 70 Tower


Kenzo Tange's vision for the Expo master plan was a futuristic aerial city that was based on the Metabolism movement. He worked with a dozen architects; including Fumihiko Maki, Noboru Kawazoe, Koji Kamiya and Noriaki Kurokawa.

Takara Pavilion by Kisho Kurokawa

Source: Archpaper

Toshiba-IHI Pavilion by Kisho Kurokawa


A model is on display.


Those planters look like the same ones used at Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower.


I have no idea what this is. 


Takeshi Otaka designed the cherry blossom used as the symbol of the Expo. The identity guidelines were on display.


Sori Yanagi stools are used in an area playing period footage of the expo.


Despite the music, this is a really good video tour of the grounds. It includes the Noguchi sculptures in action.

Speaking of films, parts of Gamera vs. Jiger took place at the Expo.




National Museum of Ethnology (1973-77) by Kisho Kurokawa



The Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Osaka Nihon Mingei Kan) began as an Expo pavilion and then reopened as the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. The first curator was Shoji Hamada. They don't allow photos in the museum. The exhibit was Kawai Kanjiro and you'll have to trust me that it was really good.
Besides all the museums, the Expo '70 Commemorative Park is a special place to walk around.

Tea house“Senri-an”






I came for the Noguchi, but I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed the whole park.

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Expo 70 / Noguchi

In 1970, the World Expo was held in Osaka, Japan. 

The theme of the Expo was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." The symbol was Tower of the Sun, by Taro Okamoto, which still stands.

Most of the buildings and pavilions have been demolished. 

The main reason for me going to the park was to see Nine Fountains by Isamu Noguchi. He was invited by Kenzo Tange , who was in charge of creating the master plan for the Expo.
The fountains are still there, but they don't seem to be functioning. 

Source: arch2o

Nebula and Comet

You better believe that I took a paddle boat out to get a closer look.



Spaceship

Noguchi also designed a model for the U.S. Pavillion, but it wasn't built.


However, some other forward thinking structures did get built, like the Expo 70 Tower. As mentioned earlier, most have been demolished. 

Unlike some former expo sites, such as New York or Seville, that have been abandoned and forgotten, the Osaka site is Expo Commemoration Park. There is an Expo 70 museum, and a number of other museums, like the Mingei-kan, and the grounds are incredible. I spent a full day there. I'll do another post on the rest of the park. Hopefully it won't take me almost a year, like this one did.