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Kengo Kuma Designs a Dramatically Vaulted Cafe to Evoke Japan’s Sloping Tottori Sand Dunes — Colossal



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#architecture
#Japan
#Kengo Kuma
#wooden

December 10, 2022

Grace Ebert

A photo of a wooden building with a pergola at night

All pictures ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

Overlooking Japan’s large Tottori Sand Dunes is a new two-stage structure that connects earth and ambiance. Dubbed a “staircase to the sky,” Takahama Café is a person of architect Kengo Kuma’s latest tasks that reflects the surrounding natural environment. The substantially vaulted building, which totals 199 square meters, is created with cross-laminated timber and bolstered concrete and functions a balcony topped with a pergola for people to watch the region. Sand from the dunes textures the Washi paper pendant lights within, and in honor of area craftspeople and traditions, the studio tasked the Tottori Mingei pottery workshop Nakai-gama with building the bathroom sinks, which are cloaked in its signature blue-black glaze.

For much more from Kuma (beforehand) and his staff, take a look at the studio’s website. (by using designboom)

 

A photo of a wooden building with a pergola

A photo of a wooden building with a pergola and overlook cafe

A photo of a sloping wooden building with stairs on the side

A photo of an indoor cafe

A photo of an indoor cafe

A photo of a wooden building with a pergola

A photo of a dramatically sloped wooden roof

#architecture
#Japan
#Kengo Kuma
#wooden

 

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