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Cultural Village Portland Japanese Garden

Refined and discreet

Kengo Kuma and Associates

America centrale | Portland

Kengo Kuma’s architecture is noteworthy for its attention to natural phenomena - in particular, light - and its geometric coordination of multiple building components. His best work, as at the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon, USA, captures views of sky and plants and satellite architectural elements with grace and wit. To assist this spatial elegance, the architect attends to such details as paving slabs and ceiling soffits, fenestration and sliding screens as an exquisite kit-of-parts, components that are refined in-and-of themselves and, most characteristic of Kuma’s modus operandi, in the many ways they are arranged to make a complete and integrated tectonic ensemble. The Portland Japanese Garden was established in the aftermath of World War Two as a living symbol of constructive collaboration between Japan and the United States. The Garden inhabits a hilly and...

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