Kengo Kuma. Plastic House. Tokyo, Japan. 2002

Kengo Kuma,

Tokyo, Japan,

Housing, Ville,


Kengo Kuma wants to emphasise how dialogue with the chaotic dimension of the contemporary city cannot be resolved with imitation by analogy or mechanical reproduction of the construction, but through use of an ordering principle that may be traced to outlying rural areas and to the historical architecture of the past.

Kengo Kuma. Plastic House. Tokyo, Japan. 2002 The example of the plastic house built in the centre of Tokyo for two artists, mother and son reinforces this theory.
We should not allow the choice of a modern material to mislead us, for its features are similar to those of two materials commonly used in traditional Japanese architecture: bamboo and rice paper. The urethane panel was chosen for its flexibility and for its visual quality similar to the lamellar material used by Kuma.
The building stands on a small lot measuring 83 square metres and rises 5.46 m above the ground. On the ground floor, the living room continues outside into a roofless tea room.
Here the architect wanted to emphasise the owners' public role by designing a space that would encourage interaction between the inside and the outside. The first floor is occupied by the bedrooms, bathrooms and a suspended terrace hooked onto a steel structure. At the top of the building is a rooftop patio, finished with a floating cypress wood floor.

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