Kengo Kuma: Recent Project
A.D.A. Edita, Tokyo, 2009
Guided by three interviews with this master Japanese architect which allow for a substantially better understanding of his architectural approach and method, this survey examines a total of 38 different recent works, projects and competition entries, many of which are yet to be realised. Chronologically presented, the survey begins in 2003 with Kuma’s competition entry for the Nam June Paik Museum, South Korea and subsequently features such projects as: the Museum of Kanayama Castle Ruin and Kumonoueno Gallery, Japan; the Spiritual Centre of Chengdu and Sanlitun Soho, China; the Besançon City Arts and Cultural Center and the Marseille Regional Foundation of Contemporary Art, France and his competition entry for the Munch Museum and Sternersen Museum Collections in Norway. Illustrated throughout with a generous blend of models, sketches, plans and elevations, the publication also includes a summary survey of ‘side’ projects for small pavilions, tea houses and industrial product design.