Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma

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Princeton Architectural Press, Nov 4, 2009 - Architecture - 255 pages
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In our 2005 monograph Kengo Kuma: Selected Works, celebrated architect Kengo Kuma boldly declared that his ultimate aim was to "erase architecture" so that his buildings became one with their surroundings. In recent years he has pursued this goal by focusing primarily on imaginative and unexpected use of materials, creating hypnotizing surfaces that evoke subtle visual sensations by highlighting their materiality. Only by pushing a material to the limits of its capabilities does Kuma believe their true nature can be revealed. Ingenious and yet deceptively simple, this realization represented a major turning point in his desire to give his architecture a presence beyond the merely eye-catching or sculptural.

Material Immaterial: The New Work of Kengo Kuma presents more than thirty of the architect's recent works, including high-profile commissions such as the Suntory Museum in Tokyo and the Ondo Civic Center in Kure; the exquisite Lotus House in Zushi; large-scale urban developments like Sanlitun Village South in Beijing; as well as tea pavilions and installations that have exhibited in the United States, England, Italy, South Korea, China, Germany, and France, many of them never before published. The book also includes an extended essay on the evolution of the architects work, from the founding of Kengo Kuma and Associates in 1990 to the present. An accompanying exhibit—the first retrospective of the architect's work, also titled Material Immaterial—displayed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in late 2008 and will travel to locales around the world over the next two years.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction Kengo Kuma
8
Materiality and Immateriality in the Architecture of Kengo Kuma Botond Bognar
12
Architecture in the PostBubble
15
The Early Stages of Kumas Architecture
21
Particlization and the Blurring of Architecture
26
Minimalism and Materiality
30
Sensory Design and Japanese Traditions
40
Suntory Museum Minatoku Tokyo 20047
150
Shiseikan Kyoto University of Art and Design Sakyoku Kyoto 20058
156
LVMH Chuoku Osaka 20024
166
Fukuzaki Hanging Garden Minatoku Osaka 20035
172
Z58 Zhongtai Box Shanghai China 20036
180
Tiffany Ginza Chuoku Tokyo 20078
188
Opposite House Hotel Beijing China 20058
194
Paper Snake Anyang South Korea 20056
202

UrbanScale Projects and Public Space
46
In Lieu of a Conclusion
52
Waketokuyama Minatoku Tokyo 20034
56
Cocon Karasuma Shimogyoku Kyoto 20034
62
Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Obanazawa Yamagata Prefecture 20046
68
Sake No Hana London England 20067
78
Yien EastArchipelago West Japan 20057
84
Cha Cha Moon London England 20089
92
Yusuhara Town Hall Yusuhara Kochi Prefecture 20046
98
YHutte Karuizawa Nagano Prefecture 20056
104
Hoshinosato Annex Kudamatsu Yamaguchi Prefecture 20046
110
Ondocho Civic Center Kure Hiroshima Prefecture 20048
116
JR Hoshakuji Station Takanezawa Tochigi Prefecture 20058
122
Food and Agriculture Museum Setagayaku Tokyo 20024
130
Lotus House East Japan 20035
134
Chokkura Plaza and Shelter Takanezawa Tochigi Prefecture 20046
142
Oribe Teahouse Tajimi Gifu Prefecture 2005
204
KxK Pavilion Hara Museum Shinagawaku Tokyo 20045
206
Modern Teehaus Frankfurt Germany 20057
208
Fuan Teahouse Shizuoka Shizuoka Prefecture 2007
210
Casa Umbrella Milan Italy 2008
212
Cidori Milan Italy 2007
214
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture 20015
218
Tobata C Block Kitakyushu Fukuoka Prefecture 20057
226
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters Fukushimaku Osaka 20038
232
Sanlitun Village South Beijing China 20057
240
Sanlitun SOHO Beijing China 200710
246
Biographical Notes and Awards
250
Staff
252
Selected Bibliography
253
List of Works
254
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Botond Bognar is the author of numerous books on contemporary Japanese architecture, including Kengo Kuma: Selected Works. He is currently a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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