TC 158- Kengo Kuma. Rural & neo-rural

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Kengo Kuma works 1994- 2022

This monograph is dedicated to the work of Kengo Kuma & associates from 1994 to the present.

It collects, in almost 300 pages, 26 projects, developed with drawings, photographs, texts and construction details and divided into the categories of Rural and Neo-rural.

With a prologue by Carlos Ferrater and an introductory text by Javier Villar and Kengo Kuma himself, in which the reason for this division is explained, which will give rise to a second volume, soon, which will collect the works in the Urban category, completing this compilation.

296  Pages
Spanish, English
23 x 29,5 cm
Soft cover
ISBN: 978-84-17753-49-8

Kengo Kuma's interest in the rural comes from the studio's origins in the days before the economic crisis that devastated Japan in the 1990s, with commissions in remote rural areas and on a small scale outside the economic processes of the city. 

This rural world is not considered by Kengo Kuma as an uncomfortable place to implement urban structures alien to this reality, but the rural is at the starting point of his projects integrating architecture in delicate contexts, maintaining and recovering artisan practices and materials considered as obsolete by contemporary architecture.

This search and use of available techniques and materials and their applications in a modern key, in collaboration with artisans, becomes the modus operandi that will mark his project strategy in his works in urban and rural areas, both in Japan and internationally.

Neo-rural projects do not respond to new project attitudes but to the change in attitude resulting from current discussions where the rural is at the base of the idea of a sustainable future within a necessary evolution, as opportunities to seek new and better realities within of a new paradigm that seeks the future outside our cities.


From now on
Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma
Carlos Ferrater

About Rural and Neorural
Javier Villar Ruiz


Kiro-san Observatory. Yoshiumi, Imabari, Ehime Prefecture. Japan
Ginzan Onsen Fujiya Hotel. Obanazawa, Yamagata, Japan
Yusuhara Town Hall. Takaoka, Kochi Prefecture, Japan
Yusuhara Marche. Yusihar-Cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi, Japan
Towada civic center plaza. Aomori, Japan
Yunoeki Oyu. Kazuno, Akita, Japan
Yusuhara Community Library & Town Welfare Center. Yusuhara-cho, Kochi, Japan
Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village. Miyagi, Japan
Minamisanriku Hamare Market. Miyagi, Japan
Keio Takaosanguchi Station. Tokyo, Japan
Yugawara Station Square. Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, Japan
Tomioka City Hall. Gunma, Japan
Taketa History and Culture Museum. Taketa, Oita, Japan
Snowpeak Landstation Hakuba. Nagano, Japan
Kusugibashi Bridge. Yamaguchi , Japan


GC Prostho Museum Research Center. Aichi Prefecture, Japan
China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum. Hangzhou, China
Mont-Blanc Base Camp. Les Houches, France
Comico Art House Yufuin. Oita, Japan
Casa Wabi Coop. Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
We Hotel Toya. Hokkaido, Japan
Memu – Experimental House. Hokkaido, Japan
Morinos Academy. Gifu, Japan
Sogokagu Design Lab. Iga, Prefectura de Mie, Japan
Komatsu Seiren Fabric Labo. Ishikawa, Japan

The work of Kengo Kuma: the past into the future
Ricardo Merí de la Maza


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