Kengo Kuma Designs Cultural Village for Portland Japanese Garden

Plans have been unveiled for Kengo Kuma's first public commission in the US. The Portland Japanese Garden has commissioned Kuma to design a new "Cultural Village" to accommodate the garden's growing popularity.

Based off the Japanese tradition of monzenmachi (gate-front towns), where activity exists just outside the gates of shrines and cultural sites, the village will provide a "free-flowing" courtyard space for events and educational activities, as well as multi-purpose classrooms, galleries, a library, tea cafe, and more. In addition to this, a new visitor entrance will be built on an existing site at the bottom of the hillside site on Kingston Avenue, just on the outskirts of downtown Portland.

"The Portland Japanese Garden's careful growth is a very important cultural effort, not only for Portland but also for the US and Japan," said Kuma in a press release.

Shuttle Drop-off Plaza. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Shuttle Stop from Kingston Avenue. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

The 52-year-old garden has seen visitor attendance rise from 30,000 to 350,000 annual visitors over the years, thus the expansion is a necessary step for preserving the gardens' serenity. 

Entry along Ticketing Pavilion. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

"To continue being a haven of serenity, this project is designed to take the liveliness of social experiences out of the Garden, freeing it up to be a quiet, reverent space," said Cynthia Haruyama, the garden's deputy director.

Village House Living . Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Construction is scheduled to complete in the Spring of 2017.

Tea Cafe. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Lower Garden Path. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Image gallery

See allShow less
About this author
Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Kengo Kuma Designs Cultural Village for Portland Japanese Garden " 05 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

Arriving at the Cultural Village. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma设计的波特兰日本花园文化村

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.