Building Z58 consists of a stereometric volume with simple geometry that dematerialises its outlines through skilful, original use of materials, light and transparencies to create a minimal architecture particularly devoid of identifying signs.
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.
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's bamboo house in the countryside near Beijing is breathtaking. It manages to express the perfect synthesis between architecture and the land, between human intervention and the work of nature, with rare poetry.
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