Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Text description provided by the architects. Portland Japanese Garden's new Cultural Village is a modest, human-scaled set of buildings arranged around a courtyard plaza, whose fourth side is the existing, untouched gardens from the 1960s. The project is a village positioned along a journey from the city to the top of the hill, a form of modern monzenmachi wherein the pilgrimage pays homage to the spirit of nature. 

Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Stairs, Handrail
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There are four buildings, each with its own means of merging into the dramatic slopes of the terrain, in combination with the tall vertical lines of the Pacific Northwest conifers: the Ticketing Pavilion floating above gentle stepped ponds, the Tea Cafe hovering above the ravine, and the main Village House and Garden House.

Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Forest
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Although the architecture is deferential to the landscape, the key device is the zigzagging roof—creating deep overhangs of soft metal and lush vegetation, and a porous boundary to encourage a direct relationship with the renowned Portland rain, and its temperamental sun—in a soft, indeterminate, and flexible border.

In collaboration with Sadafumi Uchiyama (landscape design), Hacker Architects, Walker Macy.

Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Facade, Courtyard
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Address:Portland, OR, United States

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Cite: "Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates" 17 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/896384/portland-japanese-garden-cultural-village-kengo-kuma-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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