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Transparent Public Restrooms in Tokyo Transform into Opaque, Colorful Stalls When in Use

August 24, 2020

Grace Ebert

…the coronavirus pandemic, the new structure ameliorates multiple issues of accessibility. The sensitive facility is part of an ongoing project called The Tokyo Toilet, which tasked 16 designers—including Kengo Kuma (previously), Tadao Ando (previously), and Shigeru Ban, who created the two transparent structures—with conceptualizing the public facilities throughout Shibuya. Five of the 17 locations are currently operational, with most of the remaining scheduled for 2021. The result is a diverse series of public facilities designed to be more accessible and attractive to those who need them. To calm any further worries about cleanliness, The Tokyo Toilet also has extensive plans…

 

 



Design

Japan's New Kadokawa Culture Museum is Housed in an Angular, Granite Structure Designed by Kengo Kuma

July 21, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Kadokawa Culture Museum Slated to open in the next few weeks, the new Kadokawa Culture Museum in Japan is situated within a starkly designed structure by architect Kengo Kuma (previously). Appearing pixelated, the facade is formed with 20,000 individual pieces of granite, and the polyhedron-shaped building is broken up into five floors, including a garden, art gallery, two museums, and a cafe. The most alluring feature is the bookshelf theater, an eight-meter-high library that holds around 50,000 titles. On level four, the multifunctional space can be transformed into a performance venue through projection mapping. Located west of…

 

 



Design

The First Annual International Bamboo Architectural Biennale Explores Material's Use in Contemporary Design

May 23, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

…serves as the base to new buildings in the village including a youth hostel and a ceramics museum, which Baoxi hopes to draw tourism to through supplementary infrastructures such as a visitors building, hotel, and learning center. (via My Modern Met) Youth Hostel / Design Hotel by Anna Heringer. Bridge by Ge Quantao. Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong. Contemporary celadon ceramic museum by Kengo Kuma. Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong. Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong. Bridge by Ge Quantao. Invited ceramist workshop by Keisuke Maeda….

 

 



Design

A Museum Dedicated to Miniature Architectural Models Opens in Tokyo

August 24, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

…blueprints, photographs of the finalized building or structure, and examples of other projects the head architect has completed during their career. One architect in particular, Kengo Kuma, has been selected to design the 2020 World Olympics stadium. Although this project is still within its planning stages, a few of his completed projects’ models are stored within the museum. These works include the China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum and the Asakusa cultural center mentioned above. Other architects included in the museum’s collection are Jun Aoki, Shigeru Ban, Wonderwall, Torafu, and many more as the collection is continuously expanding. In…

 

 



Art Design

A New Japanese Painting Supply Store Lines its Walls With 4,200 Different Pigments

November 16, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

Thousands of pigments fill glass vials below the slatted wood ceilings of the new concept Pigment, an art supply laboratory and store that just opened in Tokyo by company Warehouse TERRADA. The store design was created by architect Kengo Kuma, utilizing bamboo and large open spaces to create a sense of unity with the outdoors and spark the imagination of those who enter. In recent years fewer artists have turned to more traditional methods of art making, diminishing the number of successors to these older forms. Pigment aims to provide hard-to-find tools for the preservation of older paintings while also…