kengo kuma shapes an ethereal pavilion in kyoto
kengo kuma & associates has built an ethereal pavilion hovering among a bamboo grove of a temple in kyoto city, tokyo. the resulting composition presents itself as an interwoven pattern with a dynamic form that changes as the wind blows. beneath the floating cloth installation, a small relaxing area with a bathtub takes shape, inviting visitors to a soothing experience, forging a connection to nature. all images by kei sugimoto
overlooking the sky
kengo kuma & associates (see more here) has transformed a simple plane into an intricate structure. a flat canvas is woven three-dimensionally, forming a light ceiling that simultaneously provides views towards the sky. its patterned form frames a semi-open pavilion where filtered light tackles in. when the sun sets, the guests enjoy an intimate atmosphere where the play of light and shadow determine the space.
the way the cloth touches the bamboo trunks creates a delicate relationship between the elements, while from proper angles, the white installation seems to fade away into the surrounding scenery. ‘the method of using the living bamboo around it to support the cloth is the ‘losing architecture’ itself, and the white cloth sways as the wind blows,’ said the architects.
a play with lights and shadows
a bathtub with hot water
fading away into the surrounding scenery
name: kyoto ‘yudo’ pavilion
architects: kengo kuma & associates
design team: kazuhiko miyazawa, erika mikami, tomohiro matsunaga, yoshiki an
area: 33 sqm
location: kyoto city, tokyo
photography: kei sugimoto
christina petridou I designboom
dec 28, 2021