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21 Projects Where Kengo Kuma (Re)Uses Materials in Unusual Ways

04:00 - 30 May, 2019
21 Projects Where Kengo Kuma (Re)Uses Materials in Unusual Ways, Mont-Blanc Base Camp / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates
Mont-Blanc Base Camp / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image Courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma uses materials to connect with the local context and the users of his projects. The textures and elementary forms of constructive systems, materials, and products, are exhibited and used in favor of the architectural concept, giving value to the functions that will be carried out in each building.

From showcases made with ceramic tiles to the sifted light created by expanded metal panels, passing through an ethereal polyester coating, Kuma understands the material as an essential component that can make a difference in architecture from the design stages. Next, we present 21 projects where Kengo Kuma masterfully uses construction materials.

V&A Dundee / Kengo Kuma and Associates. Image © Hufton+Crow Camper Paseo de Gracia / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © ImagenSubliminal GC Prostho Museum Research Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © Daici Ano Archives Antoni Clavé / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © 11h45 + 44

Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 15 January, 2019
Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

As mentioned in our previous article on retail stores under 100 square meters, the spatial distribution of commercial spaces is a determinant for its success. Not only does it address adequate logistics and the circulation of customers, but the variations and innovations that will enable a more efficient and original space.

Below, we've selected projects from our site, with their plan and section, that can help inspire your next project.

JINS SWFC Shop / junya.ishigami+associates

19:00 - 26 December, 2018
JINS SWFC Shop / junya.ishigami+associates, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano + 13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai World Financial Center, 100 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

  • Design Team

    Cing Lu, Akira Uchimura
  • Area

    139.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 16 Notable Examples

12:00 - 30 September, 2018
How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 16 Notable Examples, © Lukas Pelech
© Lukas Pelech

Cortesía de MAP Cortesía de Project.DWG + LOOS.FM Cortesía de Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio © Quang Tran + 33

With the aim of supporting architects to become active agents of sustainable design, this week we present a selection of facades that incorporate different recycled materials. Beyond the typical uses of plastic and glass, in this article, you will find innovative materials such as mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs, and recycled waste from agricultural and industrial products. A look at 16 remarkable projects using recycled materials to create an attractive facade.

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

07:00 - 8 August, 2018
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 + 37

Wuyuan Rd. Studio / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

20:00 - 18 July, 2018
Wuyuan Rd. Studio  / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Herman Mao © Eiichi Kano © Herman Mao © Eiichi Kano + 23

Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path"

09:30 - 9 May, 2018
Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path", Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su
Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su

In China's newly emerging constellation of famed architects, few firms elicit the sense of surprise caused by the work of Atelier Deshaus. With projects ranging from awe-inspiring to humble, their work does not adhere to any stylistic rules, but all of their projects exude an enigmatic aura. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, principals Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng discuss the role of identity in their work and how they try to connect their buildings to the landscape.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Is it true that you each design different projects in the studio? Why is that?

Liu Yichun: This has been true since 2010. Before that we always designed everything together. We used to have endless discussions and too many disagreements and arguments. That’s why we decided to pursue two parallel paths. This approach led to greater efficiency and it helped us to formulate clearer ideas of our independent views of architecture. It also helps us to diversify our work and to avoid forming one recognizable style.

Chen Yifeng: It is important for us to express our solutions differently, even though, fundamentally, we are working in one direction and pursuing one family of ideas.

Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang Su Kindergarten of Jiading New Town, Shanghai, 2008. Image © Shu He Spiral Gallery I, Shanghai, 2011. Image © Shu He Huaxin Wisdom Hub, Shanghai, 2015. Image © Hao Chen + 28

Old Building Renovation on Zhenbang Road / TEAM BLDG

13:00 - 16 April, 2018
Old Building Renovation on Zhenbang Road / TEAM BLDG, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    114 Zhenbang Rd., Xiamen, Fujian, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Lei Xiao
  • Design Team

    Lu Bai, Yingying Liu, Jialin Pan, Lizhou Ye, Pedro Ruiz Mazano
  • Area

    155.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Whitesands / PDP London Architects

20:00 - 15 March, 2018
Facade Detail. Image © Eiichi Kano
Facade Detail. Image © Eiichi Kano

Clubhouse. Image © Eiichi Kano Swimming Pool. Image © Eiichi Kano First Floor Interior. Image © Eiichi Kano Front Elevation. Image © Eiichi Kano + 16

OTA FINE ARTS Gallery in Shanghai / B.L.U.E. Architecture Design Studio

20:00 - 6 March, 2018
© Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano + 44

Historic House Renovation in Suzhou / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

05:00 - 7 January, 2018
Historic House Renovation in Suzhou / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    No29 Jinli Road , Gu Su District, Suzhou, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architectus

    Shuhei Aoyama, Yoko Fujii, Lingzi Liu, Liman Wei, Shiting Zhang, Guang Yang
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

DOE Store in Shanghai / B.L.U.E. Architecture Studio

22:00 - 4 January, 2018

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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.

Suzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum / Vector Architects

10:00 - 7 December, 2016
Suzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum / Vector Architects, © Chen Hao
© Chen Hao

© Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao © Chen Hao + 53

  • Architects

  • Location

    Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Category

  • Design team

    Yi-Chi Wang, Dongping Sun, Dan Zhao, Bai Li, Rae-Hsuan Hou, Pin-Chen Yeh, Yilun Wang, Kai Zhang
  • Area

    14000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Inside the Cloud / TEAM_BLDG

22:00 - 13 October, 2016
Inside the Cloud / TEAM_BLDG, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano + 25

  • Architects

    TEAM_BLDG
  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Architect In Charge

    Xiao Lei, Wang Jin
  • Area

    649.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Project of the Month: China Academy of the Art's Folk Art Museum

08:00 - 15 March, 2016
Project of the Month: China Academy of the Art's Folk Art Museum, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

From the use of animal skins to create the envelope of a tent, to building structures from bones, and using dried mud for masonry, humans have long turned to the earth for inspiration and to provide us with the materials to build.

For ArchDaily’s second Project of the Month we want to highlight the versatile ways that architects can embrace ancient traditions. Kengo Kuma’s China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum combines traditional techniques with recycled materials to create a subtle yet powerful structure.

China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates

22:00 - 17 February, 2016
China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

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