6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Friday 19 October 2018
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‘KENGO KUMA: FROM RURAL VERNACULAR TO URBAN POTENTIAL’
Kengo Kuma is considered to be among the most significant figures in contemporary architecture. His works in rural areas of Japan, and his experience with ephemeral building materials and modest dwellings, inform his signature techniques and style which naturally merges architecture with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings.
His high-profile works include Stone Museum (2000) in Nasu, Japan, The Nagasaki Prefectural Museum (2005), the Asakusa Culture Tourism Centre (2012), the Cultural Village, Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon, US (2017), the recent highly lauded V&A Design Museum, Dundee, Scotland (2018), and the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium.
Kengo Kuma & Associates have designed three major projects currently in development in Sydney: the soon-to-be iconic Darling Exchange – a six-storey community and retail centre with a facade wrapped in 20 kilometres of sustainably sourced timber – at Darling Harbour; a hotel tower (with Crone Architects) at Circular Quay; and a residential tower (with Koichi Takada Architects) in inner-city suburb, Waterloo.
Kengo Kuma was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1954. In 1990 he established Kengo Kuma & Associates, which has designed major architectural works in over 20 countries and received numerous prestigious awards, including: Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2016); Architectural Institute of Japan Award; the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland); the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy); Decoration Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (awarded by the French government, 2009); among others.
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Cultural Partner The Japan Foundation.
With special thanks to Presenting Partner, The Art Gallery of NSW.
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Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. Before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990, he received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he is currently a Professor of Architecture. Having been inspired by Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Kengo Kuma decided to pursue architecture at a young age, and later entered the Architecture program at the University of Tokyo, where he studied under Hiroshi Hara and Yoshichika Uchida. During his Graduate studies, he made a research trip across the Sahara, exploring various villages and settlements, observing a unique power and beauty. After his time as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York, he established his office in Tokyo. Since then, Kengo Kuma & Associates has designed architectural works in over twenty countries and received prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland), and the International Stone Architecture Award (Italy), among others. Kengo Kuma & Associates aims to design architecture which naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, proposing gentle, human scaled buildings. The office is constantly in search of new materials to replace concrete and steel, and seeks a new approach for architecture in a post-industrial society.