3 Kuma Kengo’s Buildings You Must Visit In Japan

Japanese buildings are an incredible architectural feat. They showcase the architects’ creative mind and superb attention to detail. Hence, you may want to visit Kuma Kengo’s buildings as he is one of the most successful architects in Japan. His name spreads far and wide as he is involved in the building of iconic buildings both in Japan and overseas. So, visiting these ten buildings in Japan could really spice up your trip!

Japan’s National Stadium 

Received worldwide acclaim as it was used to host the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony in 2020. It was also the venue for the track and field athletics events at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Its main structure is made from reinforced concrete and steel, sheltered by a roof structure made of steel with laminated larch and cedar trusses.

As a nod to going green, the circulation areas situated at the edges of each level contain 47,000 plants, which provide not only a nice contrast with the concrete and steel, but also a respite for your eyes.

2) Takanawa Gateway Station

Newest station on the Yamanote train line in Tokyo

Serves as a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of urban living with its warm, inviting appearance 

Be greeted by the sight of pleasant laminated wood beams that flaunt traditional Japanese aesthetic sensibilities

The roof also stands out from other station roofs, for it is inspired by origami. Natural sunlight filters through the semi-transparent Teflon membrane roof, illuminating the station and brightening up weary commuters’ spirits. And its calming feel is pervasive, for it glows a soothing ember at night.

3) Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center

Senso-ji Temple is one of the must-go attractions in Tokyo, so while you’re at it, why not visit Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center which is located right across the street

It boasts a distinctive design as it comprises seven stacked eaves, or overhanging roofs, which makes it look like seven one-story buildings stacked on top of each other. This helps it serve as a wonderful contrast to the five-storied Senso-ji Temple. You can be amazed at how the old and new coexist seamlessly together in the same space in Japan.

The wooden louvers are placed at random intervals, thus jolting your senses and enhancing its visual impact. You just cannot stop looking at it in awe.

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