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Another Glass House

Kengo Kuma and Associates

America settentrionale | New Canaan

Kengo Kuma has made his American debut with a residential addition: a fully glazed wood pavilion that seems to hover above a gentle slope, and is linked to a classic modern house by a glass-sided bridge. It is a modest venture for one of Asia’s most admired and prolific architects, but - like Philip Johnson’s celebrated Glass House, two kilometers away - it’s poetic and precise, muscular yet refined. As with many important works of art, it is the product of a dialogue-between the creator and his client, architecture and nature, as well as the sensibilities of East and West. And it adds another chapter to the story of this house and the surrounding community. In the 1950s, the quiet, Colonial-era town of New Canaan, Connecticut, became a hub of modernism. Walter Gropius had transformed the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the 1940s, and several of his protégés settled...

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