Alberni by Kengo Kuma is completed, showing off its highly crafted, wavy volume in Vancouver, Canada.
There are few architects who can say they’ve sold full residential towers in a matter of days or weeks. But renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who founded his eponymous firm in 1990, is used to this level of success.
Designed by Kengo Kuma, the skyscraper is the architect’s tallest project in North America.
Japanese architecture studio Kengo Kuma & Associates has completed a skyscraper in Vancouver, Canada, with a curved form and a semi-enclosed amphitheatre at its base.
Vancouver is a mixture of street cultures and skyscrapers. East and West meet here, that’s a unique part of it.
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a pavilion for hosting traditional tea ceremonies on the deck of a Vancouver tower, coinciding with an exhibition of his work across the street.
Titled ‘japan unlayered’, the show has been conceived as a sensory experience that conveys culture through touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell.
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Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has revealed plans for his first tall building in North America – a residential tower in Vancouver with a curved silhouette (+ slideshow).
Alberni’ is a project commissioned by the canadian firm Westbank Corporation, an avant garde developer whose scope of work transcends that of the traditional developer through its holistic integration of the senses, merging the worlds of construction, urban design, art, culture, and philanthropy that results in structures that are meant to fit within the greater context of the community in all aspects.
Kuma has described a commitment to using “light and natural materials to get a new kind of transparency,” which — given downtown Vancouver’s backdrop of mountains and ocean — is a common goal of local architects, as well.
Reflective shingles on the facade of a proposed new residential tower on the West Georgia corridor are intended to make the building as ephemeral as possible, according to the Japanese architect who designed the building.
Mr. Kuma, in an interview from Japan, said this will be his first "monumental" building in North America and his design was heavily influenced by the organic, natural beauty in Vancouver.