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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

Reconstructed Past / MABIRE REICH Architectes

12:00 - 14 December, 2018
Reconstructed Past / MABIRE REICH Architectes, © Guillaume Satre
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Puzzle House / Mabire Reich

02:00 - 13 September, 2018
Puzzle House / Mabire Reich, © Guillaume Satre
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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

Macdonald Public Facility Complex / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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

04:00 - 25 February, 2016
Landscape House / Mabire Reich, © Guillaume Satre
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Organic Vegetables Transformation Plant / Mabire Reich

03:00 - 3 February, 2016
Organic Vegetables Transformation Plant / Mabire Reich, © Guillaume Satre
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Herblain, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Samuel Fruchard
  • Area

    425.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Schuman Bridge / Explorations Architecture

15:00 - 13 November, 2015
Schuman Bridge / Explorations Architecture, © Guillaume Satre
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