Window Research Institute
The Window Research Institute is a Japanese incorporated foundation dedicated to contributing to the development of architectural culture. In addition to conducting research into areas such as the history, sociology, ethnology, linguistics and art of windows, the Institute works together with other research institutions, museums and private agencies around the world on international, interdisciplinary projects.
The work of the Institute is based on the belief that “windows represent civilisation and culture” and it is the only institute of its kind in the world.
Japan House London has recently opened the exhibition Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan which has been directed by architect and critic Igarashi Taro. The exhibition had been due to open in spring 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The same pandemic unexpectedly highlighted the importance of windows around the world, which offered an opportunity for Japan House London to ask Onishi Moe of the Window Research Institute to reveal her thoughts on the relevance of windows during this time and beyond.