Chochikukyo: cultural property representing “Japanese Timber Country Modernism”


  • Akira Matsukuma Takenaka Corporation




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


“Chochikukyo” (1928) is the fifth residence designed by and for the architect Koji Fujii (1888-1938). As a result of his research on environmental engineering at Kyoto University, “Chochikukyo” presents the ideal form of a universal “Japanese house” that suits the climate of Japan as well as the sensitivity and lifestyle of the Japanese people. In 1999, “Chochikukyo” was selected as one of the twenty best docomomo buildings to represent Japanese modernist architecture, and in 2017, it was designated as a National Important Cultural Property which was the first time for an architect’s own house built in the Showa period (1926-1989).

How to Cite

Matsukuma, A. (2021). Chochikukyo: cultural property representing “Japanese Timber Country Modernism”. Docomomo Journal, (64), 10–17.







Author Biography

Akira Matsukuma, Takenaka Corporation

Takenaka Corporation, Design Department. Representative director of General Incorporated Association Chochikukyo Club. Councilor of Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum.

Born in 1957. After graduating from Hokkaido University in 1980, joined Takenaka Corporation. In addition to design work, he is engaged in preservation and utilization of modern architecture and numerous architectural exhibitions. His main publications are Chochikukyo, The ideal home for the Japanese, 22 Years of Audience Chochikukyo, Chyochikukyo actual measurement collection. Received the 2018 Architectural Institute of Japan Award achievement award and the Japan ICOMOS Award for a series of activities about Chochikukyo.


FUJII, Koji, Japanese House, Iwanami Shoten, 1928 [Japanese].

FUJII, Koji, Collection of Chyochikukyo Designs, Iwanami Shoten, 1929 [Japanese].

FUJII, Koji, The Japanese Dwelling House, Meiji Shobou, 1930 [English]. MatSuKuMa, Akira, Chyochikukyo, Koji Fujii, Wooden Modernism Architecture, Heibonsha, 2015 [Japanese].

MATSUKUMA, Akira, Masterpieces of Wooden Modernism Architecture, 22 Years of Discovering and Revitalizing Chyochikukyo, Pia, 2018 [Japanese].

MATSUKUMA, Akira, Chyochikukyo, Japanese Ideal Living, Heibonsha, 2018 [Japanese and English].

Takenaka Corporation, Design Department, House in harmony with the environment, Chyochikukyo actual measurement collection, Shokokusha, 2001, supplement version 2018 [Japanese].