SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Minato, Japan
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This shop, specialized in selling pineapple cake (popular sweet in Taiwan), is in the shape of a bamboo basket. It is built on a joint system called “Jiigoku-Gumi,” traditional method used in Japanese wooden architecture (often observed in Shoji: vertical and cross pieces in the same width are entwined in each other to form a muntin grid).

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Beam, Handrail
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Normally the two pieces intersect in two dimensions, but here they are combined in 30 degrees in 3 dimensions (or in cubic), which came into a structure like a cloud. With this idea, the section size of each wood piece was reduced to as thin as 60mm×60mm.

SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Beam, Handrail
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As the building is located in middle of the residential area in Aoyama, we wanted to give some soft and subtle atmosphere to it, which is completely different from a concrete box. We expect that the street and the architecturecould be in good chemistry.


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Address:3 Chome-10-20 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

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Cite: "SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama / Kengo Kuma & Associates" 11 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/484981/sunnyhills-at-minami-aoyama-kengo-kuma-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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