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About

Troedsson Villa is a private residence situated on the grounds of a former temple within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nikko, Japan. The property is part of a complex of Shrines, Temples, and other sites of spiritual significance dating back to 700 AD.

Built in 1931, the house is regarded as the first collaborative design by  Czech-born Architect Antonin Raymond (b.1888 - d. 1976) and the Japanese architect Junzo Yoshimura (b.1908 - d.1997). 

Antonin Raymond arrived in Japan in 1919 to work with Frank Lloyd Wright on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. He lived in Japan with his wife, the textile designer Noemi Raymond, for a total of 43 years.  He ultimately established himself as a pioneer of modern architecture in Japan, and an instrumental figure in rebuilding the country after both the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II (Oshima, Japan Architect, Spring 1999). 

Junzo Yoshimura began working for Antonin Raymond immediately after graduating from Architecture school and Troedsson Villa was the first house he oversaw under Raymond.  In fact, Raymond credited Yoshimura for the design of Troedsson Villa.  Yoshimura went on to become a significant figure in the history of Japanese Modern Architecture. In addition to designing numerous notable buildings in Japan during the course of his long career, he also designed several buildings in the U.S., including the Japan Society Headquarters in New York City, Shofuso in Philadelphia (originally built in the garden of the old Museum of Modern Art), and a home for Nelson Rockefeller in Pocantico Hills.

Anne Eastman launched an artist-in-residence program at Troedsson Villa in 2015, inviting artists to stay at the house with a guest or partner from 4 to 12 weeks. Artists pay a fee for participation in the residency and are selected to apply by invitation only.