KENGO KUMA for MORE TREES
KENGO KUMA is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area its built in. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond.
TSUMIKI is a set of wooden blocks designed primarily for children’s play. This is a light version of it like a bunch of twigs. Instead of piling up solid blocks in masonry as you do with Tsumiki, use of twigs aims to reach a big whole by weaving up thin and narrow sticks.
Here he used cedar from Miyazaki prefecture of 7mm-thick and reinforced its corners in a traditional method called Nukisashi (taking out and putting in), to build this light system of Tsumiki. Weaving up of twigs enabled us to construct a form that was far more flexible than masonry.