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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steel house

the construction which resembles a freight car was realized without any beams or columns. the client who owns thousands of models of trains wanted to live a kind of life in a freight-car environment. the very basic idea of the architectural structure is to bend the steel plates to gain strength.

gps: 35.7135, 139.75676 / code: japtok0078

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location: japan, tokyo

architect: kuma kengo

completed: 2007

photo: 15/12/29

 

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