Kengo Kuma. Water/Glass House. Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. 1995

Kengo Kuma,


Ville, Apartment, Housing,


Bruno Taut spent the years 1934 through 1936 in Japan, leaving behind the admirable "Hyuga" house in which the German architect attempted to recreate his feelings upon seeing the magnificent Katsura Imperial Villa.

Kengo Kuma. Water/Glass House. Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture. 1995 What Taut loved most about it was the rare quality of both framing nature and blending in with it.
In an infinite game of reflections, in his Water/Glass House Kuma is inspired by Taut, who draws on the lessons of Katsura to create a building that once again attempts to satisfy the obsession with drowning architecture in the landscape. A layer of water gently covers the edges of the building, as in Katsura's bamboo verandas, while a stainless steel louver casts the shadow of the roof onto the water. The water surface stretches further out to unite the surface with the Pacific Ocean, and a glass box floats on top of this mirror, breaking up and reflecting the rays of the sun inside and outside. The project becomes "a total environment in which everything dissolves, where there is no disarticulation of space, where boundaries disappear" (Kuma), finally drowned in the water, the ocean and the blue sky.

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