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Kengo Kuma Designs Cultural Village for Portland Japanese Garden

14:47 - 5 August, 2015
Kengo Kuma Designs Cultural Village for Portland Japanese Garden , Arriving at the Cultural Village. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates
Arriving at the Cultural Village. Image © Kengo Kuma & Associates

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.

Sunshine Canyon Residence / THA Architecture

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
Sunshine Canyon Residence / THA Architecture, © Jeremy Bittermann
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