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Kengo Kuma & Associates Reveal Plans for New Aquatics Centre on Copenhagen's Waterfront

12:00 - 12 January, 2018
Kengo Kuma & Associates Reveal Plans for New Aquatics Centre on Copenhagen's Waterfront , Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma & Associates, led by Yuki Ikeguchi partner in charge, have recently won a competition to design a new waterfront cultural centre as part of the masterplan for Copenhagen’s Paper Island. The unique cone shaped form will combine facilities for sports associations, harbour baths and an indoor/outdoor pool along the edge of the main canal. In a press release from Copenhagen City they praised the project on the connection created between land and sea, fulfilling Copenhagen’s vision of a new addition to Paper Island. Kengo Kuma & Associates' proposal was up against strong competition from BIG, 3XN ArchitectsAART Archtitects + Cubo Arkitekter and ALA Architects + Studio Octopi.

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of Luxigon Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates + 10

A Real-Estate Development and Culture Company Has Created an Exhibition Highlighting the Need to "Fight for Beauty"

10:30 - 17 November, 2017
A Real-Estate Development and Culture Company Has Created an Exhibition Highlighting the Need to "Fight for Beauty", Courtesy of Westbank
Courtesy of Westbank

“Beauty,” as Umberto Eco tells it, “has never been absolute and immutable but has taken on different aspects depending on the historical period and the country.” So how is beauty defined today in our increasingly globalized world? Perhaps a more interesting question to ask is whether arriving at such a conclusion remains relevant to our society.

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

06:00 - 8 August, 2017
Spotlight: Kengo Kuma, Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi
Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center. Image © Takeshi Yamagishi

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area in which it's built. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Green Cast. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates GC Prostho Museum Research Center. Image © Daici Ano Même – Experimental House. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates Shun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates + 35

One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates

00:00 - 8 August, 2017
One @ Tokyo / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo
© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo

© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo © Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo + 12

New Drone Footage Shows Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee Marching Toward Completion

16:30 - 8 June, 2017

The V&A Museum of Design Dundee has released new drone footage as the Kengo Kuma-designed project races toward its 2018 opening. At this stage, huge cast stone panels, weighing between 1.5 and 2.5 tonnes each, are being fixed in place on the curving exterior walls. Once complete, a total of 2,466 panels will wrap around the museum’s facade, the design of which has been inspired by the natural seaside terrain of Scotland’s northeastern coast.

23 Examples of Impressive Museum Architecture

08:00 - 18 May, 2017

Designing a museum is always an exciting architectural challenge. Museums often come with their own unique needs and constraints--from the art museum that needs specialist spaces for preserving works, to the huge collection that requires extensive archive space, and even the respected institution whose existing heritage building presents a challenge for any new extension. In honor of International Museum Day, we’ve selected 23 stand-out museums from our database, with each ArchDaily editor explaining what makes these buildings some of the best examples of museum architecture out there.

Kengo Kuma & Associates Unveils Stacked Timber Museum in Turkey

12:00 - 18 April, 2017
Kengo Kuma & Associates Unveils Stacked Timber Museum in Turkey, Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates

Kengo Kuma & Associates has unveiled their design for the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum, currently under construction in Eskisehir, Turkey, a city well-regarded for its university and young, lively population. Borrowing from the scale and materiality of traditional Ottoman wooden houses, the museum seeks to become a new cultural venue that both stands out and integrates into the existing streetscape.

Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates Aerial view of the project site. Image Courtesy of Kengo Kuma & Associates + 5

BIG, Kuma, 3XN Among 5 Competing for New Aquatics Center in Copenhagen

12:00 - 5 April, 2017
BIG, Kuma, 3XN Among 5 Competing for New Aquatics Center in Copenhagen, Paper Island's former warehouses have been converted into designer shops and a street food market. Image © Flickr user bethmoon527. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Paper Island's former warehouses have been converted into designer shops and a street food market. Image © Flickr user bethmoon527. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The city of Copenhagen have announced the shortlist of 5 firms that will compete for the design of a new aquatics center to be located on a prominent site in the Copenhagen Harbor. Planned for completion in 2021, the project will feature a 5,000-square-meter facility offering both indoor and outdoor swimming areas with views across the water to the Henning Larsen-designed Copenhagen Opera House.

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video

16:10 - 24 February, 2017

Construction on Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum Dundee is well underway, with the structure’s inclined concrete walls already beginning to take shape. This new video produced by the V&A Museum shows the latest progress of the building, with commentary from several figures working on the project, including Kuma himself.

Watch the Construction of Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee in This New Video © Ross Fraser McLean - Studio RoRo © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates © V&A Dundee/Kengo Kuma Associates + 4

2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 1 February, 2017
2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards

The 2016 winning submissions of Wood Design & Building magazine’s annual Wood Design Awards have been announced, each project demonstrates innovative approaches to and excellence in wood construction within architecture and design.

“For architecture to truly be successful, it must transcend buildings and fulfill the structural, functional and aesthetic needs of a community,” said Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. “The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase applications of wood/wood products that ultimately lead to safe, strong and sophisticated buildings and that inspire others to use wood in construction.”

Of the approximately 200 submissions, 22 projects were selected as award recipients across seven categories, selected by an esteemed jury consisting of Peter Bohlin, Patricia Patkau and Brian Court. Special awards were also presented by the Canadian Wood Council.

Here are the 2016 award recipients…

The Smile. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards + 20

Under One Roof / Kengo Kuma & Associates

22:00 - 14 December, 2016
Under One Roof / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Joël Tettamanti
© Joël Tettamanti

© Michel Denance © Michel Denance © Michel Denance © Michel Denance + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Lead Architects

    Kengo Kuma & Associates / Javier Villar Ruiz (Partner in charge) with: Nicola Maniero, Rita Topa, Marc Moukarzel, Jaeyung Joo, Cristina Gimenez
  • Local Architect

    CCHE
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Begins Construction

14:00 - 14 December, 2016
Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium Begins Construction, © Japan Sports Council / via Curbed
© Japan Sports Council / via Curbed

Construction has begun on Kengo Kuma’s design for the Tokyo 2020 National Olympic Stadium, a year after the scheme was selected to replace the original stadium design by Zaha Hadid Architects and three and a half years before the event’s opening ceremony on July 24, 2020.

Aitoku Kindergarten / Kengo Kuma & Associates

02:00 - 12 December, 2016
Aitoku Kindergarten / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Katsumasa Tanaka
© Katsumasa Tanaka

© Katsumasa Tanaka © Katsumasa Tanaka © Katsumasa Tanaka © Katsumasa Tanaka + 8

Kengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in Moscow

12:00 - 28 November, 2016
Kengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in Moscow , © MKA
© MKA

Kengo Kuma & Associates have been tapped to design a new high-rise residential complex on Kutuzovsky Prospekt in Moscow, adjacent to the new business district of Moscow City. The project will be the first urban plan in Moscow to take the form of superstructures rather than individual buildings, and will be Kuma’s first project in the Russian Capital.

Umeda Hospital / Kengo Kuma & Associates

19:00 - 31 July, 2016
Umeda Hospital / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano + 29

Macdonald Public Facility Complex / Kengo Kuma & Associates

02:00 - 25 July, 2016
Macdonald Public Facility Complex  / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Guillaume Satre
© Guillaume Satre

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 30

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Selected to Design Viewing Pavilion at Greenland’s Icefjord

12:00 - 22 June, 2016
Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter Selected to Design Viewing Pavilion at Greenland’s Icefjord, © Mir
© Mir

Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter have been selected as the winners of an international competition to design The Icefjord Centre in the UNESCO-protected area of Ilulissat, Greenland. Beating out proposals from leading architects including Snøhetta, Studio Other SpacesRintala Eggertsson Architects and Kengo Kuma and Associates, the new pavilion will serve as an exhibition and gathering space for locals, tourists and researchers alike.

© Mir © Mir Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter © Mir + 8

Kengo Kuma Unveils Mixed-Use Skyscraper in Vancouver

16:00 - 27 April, 2016
Kengo Kuma Unveils Mixed-Use Skyscraper in Vancouver, Courtesy of v2com
Courtesy of v2com

Kengo Kuma and Associates has revealed plans for the office’s first North American skyscraper, a mixed-use luxury tower on a site adjacent to Stanley Park in Vancouver. Known as ‘Alberni by Kuma,’ the 43-story tower combines 181 residences with retail space and a restaurant in a rectilinear volume accented by "scoops" on two sides. These curvatures are the building’s most important formal attribute, while a moss garden at the tower's base is its most important spatial feature. The project is being organized by Westbank and Peterson, and is part of a group of architecturally significant projects being developed by the pair in the west coast city.

Courtesy of v2com Courtesy of v2com Courtesy of v2com Courtesy of v2com + 10