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Kengo Kuma: My Life as an Architect in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma


World renowned architect Kengo Kuma presents an enlightening tour of Tokyo, expressing his personal thoughts and reflections on the city's most influential buildings and its rich architectural heritage

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It was around Kengo Kuma’s tenth birthday that he came into contact with Kenzō Tange’s fishlike Yoyogi National Gymnasium, completed for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and determined that he would become an architect. In the intervening five or so decades, he has become one of the world’s most fascinating and influential architects.

Through twenty-five stories, this intimate little publication paints a picture of how a building inspired a boy to become an architect, how Japan’s national heritage helped form his thinking, and how his professional experience has made him one of the most successful architects of his generation. This book contains something for everyone: design acumen, insights into Japanese culture, a tour of Tokyo and the heartfelt commitment to producing buildings that have meaning and longevity.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 18.5 x 13.5 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 41

Publication date: 6 May 2021

ISBN: 9780500343616

Contents List

Introduction by Kengo Kuma
Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Kenzō Tange, 1964
One Omotesandō, Kengo Kuma, 2003
Meiji Jingū Museum, Kengo Kuma, 2019
Nezu Museum, Kengo Kuma, 2009
Sunny Hills, Kengo Kuma, 2014
National Stadium, Kengo Kuma, 2020
Suntory Museum of Art, Kengo Kuma, 2007
Kitte, Kengo Kuma, 2012
Ueno & Yanesen
Jugetsudo Kabuki-za, Kengo Kuma, 2013
Tsukiji & Shinbashi
Takanawa Gateway Station, Kengo Kuma, ongoing
La Kagu, Kengo Kuma, ongoing
Akagi Shrine, Kengo Kuma, 2010
Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building, Kengo Kuma, 2014
Western Tokyo
Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre, Kengo Kuma, 2012
Tetchan, Kengo Kuma, 2014
Buildings by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Buildings by other architects

About the Author

Kengo Kuma established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990 and went on to become Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo in 2009. He is the author of several books, including Anti-Object and Kyokai: A Japanese Technique for Articulating Space. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including XS Extreme (Thames & Hudson).