Horiguchi, Sutemi (堀口 捨己):
Gendai Oranda kenchiku (現代オランダ建築) [Modern Dutch architecture].
Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten 1924 (Taishô 13).
(2), 9, 15, 42, (2)pp and 86 plates, profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings.
26,5 x 18,5 cm. Original bords, original slip case.
First edition, first impression. Horiguchi Sutemi (1895-1984) was a Japanese architect of the Taishō and Shōwa period. He graduated from the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1920 and teamed up with old school friends to replace the eclectic styles of the time with architecture that was scientifically and theoretically justified. With this in mind, he designed various buildings for the 1922 Peace Memorial Exhibition, in which the influence of the Vienna Secession can be felt.
In 1923 Horiguchi traveled through Europe, where he studied the latest Bauhaus work and traveled to the Netherlands. Back in Japan, he represented a functionalism in architecture, as his villas for the Yoshida family (1930), Wakasa family (1939) and the Meteorological Station Ōshima (1939) show.
The design of the cover is very noteworthy because it uses the design of Th. Wijdeveld for the "Mendelsohn" issue of the Wendingen series from 1920.