Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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  • Design Team: Minoru Yokoo, Shun Horiki, Toshiro Ota, Rikuro Sakaushi, Hossam Elbrrashi, Tomohiro Matsunaga
  • Construction: Nichiei Kogyo, Yuri Kensetsu Kogyo
  • Cooperation: OAKplus
  • City: Iwakuni
  • Country: Japan
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Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Exterior Photography
© Katsumasa Tanaka

Text description provided by the architects. A bridge in Osogoe, Shuto Town, Iwakuni City destroyed by the Western Japan Flood in July 2018, was rebuilt as a wooden bridge that will become a new symbol for the community.

Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Exterior Photography
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Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Exterior Photography, Garden
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On both sides of the bridge are the factory and store of “Dassai”, a Japanese sake produced by Asahi-Shuzo brewery known for its unique sake production, which covered the wooden part of the construction cost by donation.

Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Interior Photography
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Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Interior Photography
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Considering the risk of recurring disasters, an RC frame was combined with 105-square cypress balustrades. The arrangement of the cypresses created a gentle curve that echoed the surrounding mountain range, and the use of 105-square members, the most used member-size in Japanese wooden construction, created a bridge with a nostalgic human scale.

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By combining Japan's proud carpentry skills with the modern technology of computational design, a human and soft expression that has never been seen before in conventional civil engineering structures was created.

Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates - Exterior Photography, Waterfront
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Address:Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan

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Cite: "Kusugibashi Bridge / Kengo Kuma & Associates" 21 Sep 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/989260/kusugibashi-bridge-kengo-kuma-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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传统木工技艺与现代计算科技相结合,久杉桥 / 隈研吾建筑都市设计事务所

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