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Shop architecture. - [Shoten Kenchiku Oyobi Tento Keikaku Zuan].

Tokyo, Kenchikushoin 1924 (Taisho 13). 26x39cm publisher's decorated cloth; [10]pp, 50 b/w plates, [4]pp. A nice copy. ¶ Modern and moderne shop buildings and store fronts; essential if you want to rebuild Tokyo after the earthquake and before the fire bombing. This is, of course, part of the post earthquake reconstruction effort: the results of a competition held by the equivalent of the Tokyo chamber of commerce. The plates, elevations and floor plans, are reproduced from measured drawings and look ready to build but I wonder about one (by Shibahara Niro) which, the facade at least, seems to be taken straight from Bruno Taut's crystal alpine architecture. The requirements: frontage, height etc, are spelt out in the introduction and I presume fit an average commercial lot. At the end are designs for shop fronts. Worldcat finds no copies outside Japan; neither have I.
AUD 1350.00 [Appr.: EURO 814.25 US$ 866.67 | £UK 708.25 | JP¥ 128573] Book number 11071

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