Kengo Kuma

From Tokyo to Barcelona


When the eyes of the world see the Olympic flame in the cauldron of the Japan National Stadium, many will look at the sophisticated branches of its timber trusses and the soothing foliage of its galleries, and recognize the material discipline and love for nature of its author. The mastery of Kengo Kuma (Yokohama, 1954) embodies that Japanese spirit where the craft of the artisan fuses with the sensitivity of ukiyo-e prints, and which Arquitectura Viva presents in the following pages: a broad register which ranges from large-scale Tokyo buildings to a modest interior design in another city that bears an Olympic stamp, Barcelona.

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