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Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

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

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

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

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 27

Renovation  · 
Nozay, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project MABIRE REICH Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Puzzle House / Mabire Reich

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 12

Extension  · 
Nantes, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mabire Reich
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Macdonald Public Facility Complex / Kengo Kuma & Associates

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

Community  · 
Paris, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Landscape House / Mabire Reich

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 49

Renovation  · 
Nantes, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mabire Reich
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Organic Vegetables Transformation Plant / Mabire Reich

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 59

Offices  · 
Saint-Herblain, France
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Mabire Reich
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Schuman Bridge / Explorations Architecture

© Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre © Guillaume Satre + 22

Lyon, France
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Explorations Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014