Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954 in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. He obtained his degree in architecture in 1979 from the University of Tokyo. He later continued his studies from 1985 to 1986 at Columbia University in New York. In 1987 he founded the studio Special Design, followed by his own architecture firm, Kengo Kuma & Associates, in 1990. In 1998, he was appointed professor at the faculty of environmental studies of Keio University and in 2001 at the faculty of science and technology of this same university. Kengo Kuma’s work is a synthesis of oriental and western knowledge and inspiration, always applied to create singular and critical architecture. He swiftly gained international recognition with projects like Water/Glass, in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture (1992 – 1995), the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art (1998 – 2000), the Great (Bamboo) Wall, in China (2000 – 2002) and more recently, the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum (2001 – 2005) and the Suntory Museum of Art (2004 – 2007).
Kengo Kuma & Associates define architectural space in continuity and symbiosis with the environment rather than producing imposing and formalist architectural objects. They focus on the subject and its relation with the spatiality and temporality of buildings.
© Kengo Kuma & Associates
this video :
Kengo Kuma speech video
Friday, 2nd October 2009
at Centre Pompidou
In pictures :
1. Centre culturel et touristique d’Asakusa – Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, JP, 2009
2. Water Block, exposition – exhibition « Home Delivery Fabricating the Modern Dwelling », MoMA, New York, US, 2008
© Courtesy Kengo Kuma & Associates