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Kengo Kuma sunglasses: wearable architecture?

The architectural and optical worlds may not be the most obvious of natural bedfellows, but over time their creative identities have become intertwined. Perhaps the most famous glasses style synonymous with the architectural profession was that sported by Le Corbusier: circular, thickly rimmed and crafted in opaque black acetate. IM Pei also favoured the full moon silhouette, and British architect Peter Cook sports a neon blue circular style of spectacles today. Scroll through websites of leading opticals brands, and you’ll likely find a style titled ‘The Architect’.
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kengo kuma architectural evolution: 50 key projects illustrated in book by hiroshi miyazawa

Kengo kuma’s architectural evolution is traced in a new illustration book by hiroshi miyazawa, a painter and former editor-in-chief of ‘nikkei architecture’ magazine. the architectural guide features 50 major projects by the globally acclaimed japanese architect, from his postmodern ‘M2 building’ in tokyo, completed in 1991, to more recent projects like the ‘kadokawa culture museum’ and the ‘coeda house’. additionally, detailed design explanations and technical aspects are provided for each building, while the book also includes a long interview with kengo kuma himself.
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kengo kuma presents a bucolic 'park habitat' for san jose's westbank campus

As part of westbank’s sweeping campus transformation of san jose, developed in partnership with urban community, peterson and OPtrust, kengo kuma and associates proposes its ‘park habitat’ workspace. the project seeks to obscure the boundary between nature and the office, introducing to its occupants the ability to work within a park. the building is designed with a performative, ‘green lung,’ expresses a timber structure topped by a rooftop park, and is wrapped in a responsive, vegetative skin. celebrating san jose’s ecological heritage defined by a verdant landscape of orchards, meadows and wetlands, westbank and kengo kuma work closely to return a generous dose of nature back into silicon valley — while at the same time adding to the new community-centered westbank campus designed for people to work, live, and spend time.

Fritz Hansen Tokyo HQ opens in Kengo Kuma-designed building

Fritz Hansen opens the doors to its new Tokyo HQ, including offices for the brand in Asia and a new showroom, taking over a 1991 triangular building designed by Kengo Kuma. Located in the Gaienmae quarter, known as Tokyo’s design district, the building now forms an important new chapter of Fritz Hansen’s design legacy.

kengo kuma embraces shadows in wallpaper + flooring collection for sangetsu

Renowned architect kengo kuma has collaborated with japanese manufacturer sangetsu in a collection of wallpapers and carpets. dubbed kagetohikari, the collection marries kuma’s architectural aesthetic using natural materials that can change over time with sangetsu’s millenary know-how in interior materials. under the theme of how can traditional japanese beauty be expressed in wall coverings and flooring materials, the two parties have derived a series of dialogues, in which the faint light shifts, shimmers, and overlaps in the shadows that appear in the space.
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This beautifully crafted one-off Rolls-Royce Dawn is inspired by a Japanese building designed by Kengo Kuma

Rolls-Royce has revealed a new one-off model created in association with renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn has been specially customized in a way to reflect the design philosophy behind the new luxury residence ‘The Kita’ in central Tokyo designed by Kengo Kuma. The one-off Rolls-Royce was commissioned for the exclusive use of the owner of the unique multi-level penthouse, ‘The Kita Tea House’. The penthouse gets its name for its rooftop tea house that offers stunning views of the Eternal Forest of the Meiji Shrine and Kengo Kuma’s reborn Japan National Stadium.
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Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn, created with Kengo Kuma, unveiled

The world of Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn models got another addition today, as the British car maker unveiled a new model in collaboration with Kengo Kuma. The architect used his vast experience to convey his philosophy into the automotive realm. Kuma is known for his “Kita” style in designing buildings, challenging the relationship between interior and exterior. And what can be applied to buildings might also be applied to cars.

Kengo Kuma creates monolithic Kadokawa Culture Museum made of granite façade in Japan

Kengo Kuma's firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, with Kajima Design, has completed the Kadokawa Culture Museum that features a missive granite façade in Tokorozawa, Japan. The museum, located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of central Tokyo, was realized as part of a larger masterplan called "Tokorozawa Sakura Town", a cultural complex housing museums, offices, a hotel, eateries.

Kengo Kuma designs curved library dedicated to Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen

Kengo Kuma and Associates has collaborated with Mad Arkitekter on the design of a library that will curve around existing trees in a small urban park in Skien, Norway. Named Ibsen Library, the building will become a cultural hub to exhibit the literature of Henrik Ibsen – a 19th-century playwright who was born in the Norwegian city.

shenzhen opera house proposals include designs from BIG and kengo kuma

BIG – bjarke ingels group + beijing institute of architectural design (BIAD) | image © BIG + BIAD (also top images) with jean nouvel’s design coming in first place, proposals from bjarke ingels group (working with the beijing institute of architectural design) and kengo kuma & associates (working with the shenzhen university institute of architectural design) finished joint runners-up. BIG’s design comprises a series of tented canopies, which dramatically rise and fall to offer views out to sea. meanwhile, kengo kuma’s scheme appears to emerge organically out of the water, unobtrusively occupying its coastal plot.

Kengo Kuma to Design Milan's Biophilic Office of the Future

Construction has begun on “Welcome, feeling at work”, a biophilic office of the future in Milan, Italy. Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates and commissioned by Europa Risorse, this venture seeks to create a workspace centered on employee health and wellbeing, integrated within its local environment. Imagined to be one of the most sustainable office development to date, the project is scheduled for 2024.

Kengo Kuma Designs Hans Christian Andersen's Museum in Denmark

Scheduled to open in the summer of 2021, the H.C. Andersen’s House is a new museum, designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates in Odense, Denmark. Reinterpreting the story of the Danish author’s life and work, the project “will provide a unique artistic experience, which combines landscape, architecture and modern exhibition design”.

kengo kuma-designed hans christian andersen museum set to open in denmark

In the summer of 2021, a kengo kuma-designed museum dedicated to the life and work of hans christian andersen will open in odense, denmark. offering a new perspective on the much-loved author, the institution seeks to provide a unique artistic encounter, which combines landscape, architecture, and modern exhibition design. the vision for the museum is to spatialize the experience of andersen’s literary universe and stage a complete artistic setting in which architecture, sound, light and a stream of images constantly create new encounters between each visitor and andersen’s fairytales.

kengo kuma starts work on 'welcome', a biophilic mixed-use complex in milan

A biophilic development designed by kengo kuma and associates has broken ground in milan. titled ‘welcome’, the mixed-use project is located in the italian city’s former rizzoli district, previously an abandoned industrial area. anchored around a newly established public piazza, the project seeks to act as a catalyst to revive the entire area — uniting people and nature for a better quality of life and work. once complete in 2024, the project will include offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, and auditoriums, as well as restaurants and lounges, shops, a supermarket, a wellness area, and places for temporary exhibitions.
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Kengo Kuma Designs Luxury Villas for Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia

Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed a series of luxury villas for a new tourism development in Saudi Arabia. The project was commissioned by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) as part of The Red Sea Project. Featuring seven typologies, the design will include villas built on land and overwater. The project aims to set new standards in sustainable development as a global tourism destination.

kengo kuma and ASICS release second iteration of 'METARIDE AMU' running shoe

Following a successful collaboration in 2019, architect kengo kuma and sportswear company ASICS have teamed up to develop a second iteration of the ‘METARIDE AMU’ running shoe. while the design is again inspired by traditional japanese bamboo crafting techniques, the sand beige color of the sneaker has been chosen to reflect the tones of the sahara desert — a site of great personal importance for kuma since he visited as a student.

kengo kuma and associates builds taketa history and culture museum in japan

Kengo kuma and associates (KKAA) has completed a museum building in taketa, a city in japan’s ōita prefecture. the region is known for its mountaintop castle, which was originally built in 1185 and now lies in ruins. sited next to a channel of water, the new building has been designed to appear as a long fence and comprises a white wall and a bamboo lattice, which extends inside the museum.

kengo kuma and associates completes 'morinos', a forest educational center in gifu

KKAA, the architecture firm led by kengo kuma, has completed an educational facility called ‘morinos’ in japan’s gifu prefecture. the facility hosts educational programs and workshops that teach students about the importance of forests and wildlife. the building features a lean-to roof with a large overhang supported by logs cut down from the forest in a V-shaped configuration. this creates an open space in front of the timber structure.