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Kengo Kuma Architecture Book
23 June 2021
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Kengo Kuma’s Prolific Works
With the Summer 2021 Olympics several weeks away, weshare with you a new book from Japan’s prominent architect and designer of the Olympics mainland stadium, Kengo Kuma.
Topography highlights how Kengo Kuma’s architecture naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, exploring in detail many high-profile projects, including work on Tokyo’s main stadium for the 2021 Olympic Games, the design of the V&A Dundee museum in Scotland, and Tokyo’s newest train station, as well as more human-scaled works, such as Jeju Ball resort in Korea.
The quintessential architect who is often ranked among other esteemed architects, such as Shigeru Ban, Tadao Ando, Kazuyo Sejima, or Kenzo Tange, Kengo Kuma is known for his prolific writing.
Rich illustrations and informative discussions highlight how Kengo Kuma’s architecture naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, with a close examination of the experimentation and use of natural materials and light, and how the buildings meet with their natural surroundings.
Explores in detail close to forty high-profile projects, including work on Tokyo’s main stadium for the 2021 Olympic Games, the design of the V&A Dundee museum in Scotland, and Tokyo’s newest train station, as well as more human-scaled works, such as Jeju Ball resort in Korea, whose roofs are layered with a blanket of porous volcanic rock, and Wood / Pile meditation house, its intricate wooden roofing and façade designed to allow patrons to experience the theatrical play of light as experienced among the trees of its dense German forest setting.
“…exquisite coffee-table book presents breathtaking buildings by superstar Japanese architect Kengo Kuma” – Daily Mail
Kengo Kuma is a globally acclaimed Japanese architect whose prodigious output possesses an inherent respect and value of materials and environment, often creating a harmonious balance between building and landscape. He masterfully engages both architectural experimentation and traditional Japanese design with twenty-first-century technology, resulting in highly advanced yet beautifully simple, gentle, human-scaled buildings.
He’s renowned for the drive to search for new materials to replace concrete and steel, seeking a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society, and fusing interior and exterior realms to make spaces that both create a calming and tranquil atmosphere and which “transform” topography. In the pages of this exquisitely illustrated volume, Kuma presents close to forty of his most recognised and award-winning works, including FRAC Marseille, V&A Dundee, Mont-Blanc Base Camp, and Japan National Stadium. Kuma continues to forge a new design language: in this book he offers the reader deep insight into how he has engaged with different aspects of the architectural discipline by transforming topography, construction, and representation in order to give further progress to his ideas.
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About the Author
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma and Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he spent more than a decade as Professor of Architecture and where he is currently a Special / Honorary Professor.
Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo.
Since then, Kengo Kuma and Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma and Associates has offices in Tokyo and Paris.
Kengo Kuma Architecture
23 Apr 2021
Rolls-Royce Bespoke Dawn In Association With Kengo Kuma – for unique Japanese residence, The Kita Tea House
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Rolls-Royce Bespoke Dawn by Kengo Kuma
Iconic Awards Winner in 2020
photo © Adrian Welch
Iconic Awards Winners in 2020
Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Odense, Fyn, Denmark
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Architects (KKA) + Cornelius+Vöge + MASU planning
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Hans Christian Andersen Museum Building
Darling Exchange Landmark Civic Building in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Landmark civic building Design: KKA ; Public square Design: Aspect Studios
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Darling Exchange Building Sydney
V&A at Dundee, Scotland, UK
photo © Sean Noon
V&A at Dundee
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, east Asia
Minato-ku Architects Practice Information
KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES studio based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Kengo was born 1954 in Kanagawa, Japan
Japanese Architecture – major architecture in Japan, focused on contemporary buildings of good quality or featuring innovation.
Tokyo Architects Studio
Architecture Studios – design offices across the globe
Buildings / photos for the Kengo Kuma Book – Contemporary Tokyo Architecture Practice: page welcome