Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

West of Japan, East of Europe



Bruno Taut‘s Hyuga Villa




curated by

Marco Capitanio



Marko Pogacnik

Darko Radović


photographs by

Dave Clough













9 > 22 September 2016


spazio espositivo “Gino Valle”

Cotonificio veneziano

Dorsoduro 2196, Venezia

Mon > Fri, 9 am > 7 pm


international symposium

and opening

featuring an exclusive video-interview with Kengo Kuma


9th September 2016, 3 pm



The exhibition ‘West of Japan / East of Europe’ is devoted to the only existing project that Bruno Taut realized during his three-year stay in Japan, Hyuga Villa (Kyu Hyuga Bettei) in Atami, built in 1936. His project embodies a deeply personal reflection on Japanese architecture, mediated through Taut‘s European sensibility. The result represents a unique example of cross-cultural breeding, which, at the time of its completion, stood at odds with mainstream Modernism in Europe on the one hand, and with the local architectural language on the other.


The complete, detailed plans of Hyuga Villa are presented for the first time to the public, paired with large-format photographs by the architectural photographer Dave Clough.


By juxtaposing drawings and pictures, we hope to immerse the visitor in the realm of Taut‘s architectural preoccupations: pondering about the concept of appropriateness (Proportion), manifested in all aspects of a building, especially in its materiality and atmosphere.


  download the exhibition flyer