hojo-an pavillion

it is one of the fundamental believes of buddhism that any accumulation of things is meaningless, since things themselves are not permanent. the japanese art of making tee does not celebrate permanence and duration, but refers to the impermanence of all things and human being.

in his work “hojo-ki”, the monk and poet kamo chomei (1155-1216) describes his small hut, which he had built as a retreat in the mountains near kyoto. his simple habitation was understood by kamo no chomei as a constructive symbol of his ascetic world view, which emerged from the idea of the impermanence of all his. the monk accommodation should not be solid, but rather fragile and transient and therefore consists of perishable materials. disassembled into its components, the habitation should fit into a box that the monk could take on his journey.

in 2012, on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of kamo no chomei, the japanese architect kuma kengo designed the pavillon hojo-an as a tribute to the famous monk. the pavilion was originally located in the shimogamo shrine in kyoto. like kamo no chomei, the kuma kengo pavilion is removable. the floor, walls and roof are each made up of three layers of foil reinforced by wooden slats and joined together by magnetic connections.

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architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2012

photo: 17/11/04

 

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pigments

the painting supply store “pigment” features a huge selection of more than 4,200 different pigments,  paintbrushes, ink sticks and traditional japanese paper. this store is run by the warehouse company terrada and is part of a programme to convert the companies` warehouses in the shinagawa area into design shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. the selection of suppy goods is as amazing as the store’s interior design by architect kengo kuma. kuma created an open space framed by waves of bamboo sticks which both have an exquisite and welcoming appearance.

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gps: 35.62124, 139.7494 / code: japtok0219

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2015

photo: 17/01/13

 

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akagi jinja

kagurazaka’s signature shrine only bares a passing resemblance to the traditional ones around the city. in 2010 the shrine, which can trace its history back centuries, was completely remodelled by kengo kuma, one of japan’s most prominent contemporary architects. the result is a sleek glass box for the main shrine building.

gps: 35.704819, 139.736064 / code: without

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2010

photo: 17/01/02

 

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sunny hills

the shop which is specialized in selling pineapple cake has the shape of a bamboo basket. it is built on a joint system called “jiigoku-gumi,” traditional method used in japanese wooden architecture (often observed in shoji: vertical and cross pieces in the same width are entwined in each other to form a muntin grid).

gps: 35.66569, 139.71621 / code: japtok0058

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2013

photo: 16/12/28

 

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cocon karasuma kyoto

the cocon karasuma project brought new life to the marubeni building which was built in 1938 in shijo karasuma in the center of kyoto. the building is now housing a movie theater, shops and restaurants. the project also aimed to revitalize kyoto’s downtown district. a new layer of glass was installed infront of the historical facade. traditional pattern were printed on a film which was mounted between the glass panels.

gps: 35.003303, 135.759227/ code: japkyo0002

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location: japan, kyoto

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2004

photo: 16/01/06

 

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toshima ward office

this complex accommodates the toshima city office, an apartment house and a vertically-organized garden. according to the descriptions of the architect, the design goal was to create somehing like a single huge tree. this is aim is reflected by the facade panels – the leaves of the building – which produce energy and provide space for plants.

gps: 35.72623, 139.71704 / code: japtok0085

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2015

photo: 16/01/01

 

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