Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma by Botond Bognar

By Botond Bognar

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In our 2005 monograph Kengo Kuma: chosen Works, celebrated architect Kengo Kuma boldly declared that his final objective was once to "erase architecture" in order that his constructions turned one with their atmosphere. lately he has pursued this target by means of focusing totally on ingenious and unforeseen use of fabrics, growing hypnotizing surfaces that evoke sophisticated visible sensations via highlighting their materiality. purely via pushing a cloth to the boundaries of its functions does Kuma think their precise nature will be printed. creative and but deceptively basic, this cognizance represented a huge turning element in his wish to supply his structure a presence past the only crowd pleasing or sculptural.

Material Immaterial: the recent paintings of Kengo Kuma provides greater than thirty of the architect's contemporary works, together with high-profile commissions akin to the Suntory Museum in Tokyo and the Ondo Civic heart in Kure; the beautiful Lotus apartment in Zushi; large-scale city advancements like Sanlitun Village South in Beijing; in addition to tea pavilions and installations that experience exhibited within the usa, England, Italy, South Korea, China, Germany, and France, a lot of them by no means sooner than released. The e-book additionally contains a longer essay at the evolution of the architects paintings, from the founding of Kengo Kuma and co-workers in 1990 to the current. An accompanying exhibitthe first retrospective of the architect's paintings, additionally titled fabric Immaterialdisplayed on the college of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in overdue 2008 and should shuttle to locales world wide over the subsequent years.

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This is most visible in Forest/Floor, where the thin floor plane, like the ceiling that continues in large overhanging eaves, is prominently expressed, as the building is elevated above the ground in a forested area of Nagano Prefecture. Kenneth Frampton has said of it: 43. After centuries of infighting and fierce wars, Japan was unified by the Tokugawa Shogunate at the beginning of the seventeenth century. With the closing of the country to the outside world in 1639 until its reopening in 1853, the Japanese enjoyed an extended time of peace.

2 million of these strips were attached to the wooden structural frame of the building to form delicately fragile screens. In the case of the Fukuzaki Hanging Garden, thick and soft overlapping vinyl sheets were used to create the entire front facade and most of the interior partitions of a temporary indoor playground. A growing number of small teahouse projects has also given him opportunities to experiment with unusual materials and structures. 5 inches (six centimeter) apart for both the structure and enclosure.

No one has been experimenting with materials as diverse as he has; more importantly, no one has applied them in so many different ways. He is attracted, most of all, to natural materials but has not shied away from artificial ones like glass-fiber-reinforced plastic, shape-memory alloy metals, ceramics, Teflon-coated fabric, thick vinyl sheets, and others. Among the natural, old, and time-proven materials, wood is a favorite of his. He also frequently applies bamboo, adobe, paper, ivy and other plants, dry reed, and stone to his architecture.

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