Kengo Kuma: Complete Works

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A major monograph documenting Kengo Kuma’s interpretations of traditional Japanese architectureThe quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kengo Kuma has forged a modern design language that artfully combines the country’s traditional building crafts with sophisticated technologies and materials. Kenneth Frampton frames Kuma’s work in the context of post-war Japan’s flourishing architecture scene. From his iconic Water/Glass (1995) to the Nezu Museum in Tokyo (2009), each building is presented through ...
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Overview

A major monograph documenting Kengo Kuma’s interpretations of traditional Japanese architectureThe quintessential Japanese architect of today, Kengo Kuma has forged a modern design language that artfully combines the country’s traditional building crafts with sophisticated technologies and materials. Kenneth Frampton frames Kuma’s work in the context of post-war Japan’s flourishing architecture scene. From his iconic Water/Glass (1995) to the Nezu Museum in Tokyo (2009), each building is presented through descriptive text, newly commissioned photographs, and detailed drawings that reveal the refined architectonic vocabulary that characterizes Kuma’s buildings. Created in collaboration with Kuma, the projects are organized by materials: Water and Glass; Wood; Grass and Bamboo; and Stone, Earth, and Ceramics.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This thorough and illuminating overview of preeminent Japanese architect Kuma demonstrates the importance of his technique and methodology on an international scale. His work is defined by its elegant use of natural materials, whether in expansive public museums, elegant community plazas, or private residences. By pairing traditional methods of craft with advanced technology, he creates structures that bridge the gap between architecture and the natural world; his exposed floors, pitched roofs, and generous play with light all obscuring the distinction between building and landscape. The tour through his collected works follows a useful and often insightful formula, with Kuma describing his process and placing the buildings in their unique historical and cultural contexts (often making distinctions between Western and Japanese traditions). Following these introductions, lush images of the buildings are presented alongside the initial designs, clarifying the practical side of Kuma's sometimes theoretical takes on life and art. The images themselves—ethereal, serene, and strikingly geometric—dominate the book and can easily be appreciated without the technical exposition. Taken together, however, the text becomes an education, and Kuma's unique take on architecture a lesson in "inverting the structure of a culture that is centered around the city." Color illus. (Apr.)
The Architect's Newspaper
“This important opus brings convincing evidence that embracing the ambivalence inherent in a negotiation between tradition and contemporary technology, and between normative regulation and creativity, is key to architecture’s pertinence to culture.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500342831
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 981,010
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Frampton is professor of architecture at Columbia University and the author of many books on architectural history and theory, including Modern Architecture.
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