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Yodoko Guesthouse, Ashiya

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The Yodokō Guest House was built as the summer villa for the well-to-do brewer of Sakura-Masamune sake, Tazaemon Yamamura, and is the only surviving Frank Lloyd Wright residence in Japan. The guest house was designed in 1918, and construction was completed in 1924.
Set into a hilltop in Ashiya, overlooking the Port of Kobe in western

Japan, the villa demonstrates Wright's genius for spatial composition: although it has four

levels, none is taller than two stories. By stepping the house into the hill, Wright took

advantage of the extraordinary views of Osaka Bay the site offered. The exterior evokes Wright's Los Angeles textile block houses, but its decorative blocks are of Oya stone, not concrete.
In 1947, the house became the property of Yodogawa Steel Works, Ltd., and was used as an official residence for the company president. It was the first Taishō period building in Japan to be named an Important Cultural Property, in 1974. It was opened to the public as Yodokō Guest House in 1989. The building was damaged due to the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995, but was subsequently repaired and has been re-opened.

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  • This is vintage FLW. Go there if you're a fan. If you're not one already, go visit too and become one.. The place, just 20 minute by train from Osaka, is the perfect fusion of FLW principles and...  more »
  • Great place to visit but closed for renovations till 2018. It's a really interesting example of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. Just check if it's open again before you go.  more »
  • I went there last year while in Kobe. The attention to detail of the interior and exterior is astounding.
  • 重要文化財。ル・コルビュジエと並ぶ20世紀建築の2大巨頭フランク・ロイド・ライトの作品で日本に完全な形で現存するのは自由学園明日館とここだけ。旧帝国ホテル同様大谷石を多用し複雑な装飾を施したデザイン、地形を活かした構成等ライトの真骨頂が味わえる。ライトは日本文化好きで浮世絵のコレクターでもあったせいか、エキゾチックながら日本人にも親しみやすい暖かさのようなものを感じる。
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