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Sat 27 June 2009, Financial Times

A light touch in architecture

By Edwin Heathcoate
You have to have a little sympathy for Japanese architects. Virtually every time a westerner interviews them they get asked about the influence of traditional Japanese architecture. Are western architects visiting Japan, I wonder, asked about how half-timbering has impinged on their aesthetic? Or whether their work is related to gothic or Renaissance precedents? On the other hand, I think to myself, perhaps it is something like the club sandwich test for a hotel: if they can provide a convincing answer, they probably do the other things pretty well too. So I ask anyway.

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