Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    DNP, INAX, Kawashima Selkon, Komatsu Seiren, Lixil Corporation, Nakamura Komuten, Pure + FreeForm, Time & Style Inc
  • Design Team

    Kengo Kuma, Balazs Bognar
  • Architect of Record

    Hacker Architects
  • Landscape Architect

    Sadafumi Uchiyama
  • Landscape Architect of Record

    Walker Macy
  • Structural Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Geotechnical Engineer

  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer

    PAE Engineers
  • Lighting Design

    Luma Lighting Design
  • Sustainability Consulting

    Green Building Services
  • Contractor

    Hoffmann Construction Company
  • Client

    Portland Japanese Garden (Portland, USA)
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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. 

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First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
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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.

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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.

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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 . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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