Portland, OR, USA
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Kengo Kuma and Associates as Architects

Considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside of the Japan, architect Kengo Kuma completed an expansion of the existing garden which first opened in 1967. The expansion includes the addition of three structures by Kuma, which help to increase capacity and opportunity to showcase Japanese culture.

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The arrangement of the buildings is a response to the Japanese momzenmachi, the gate-front towns which surround traditional shrines and temples. The composition of new buildings emulates japan’s monzenmachi, the gate-front towns that surround sacred shrines and temples. 

All three shrines are LEED certified and designed to ensure nature remains at heart of the architectural concept. 

Portland Japanese Garden

Pure + FreeForm as Manufacturers

Portland commissioned Kengo Kuma for his first public commission in the U.S. to design the new “Cultural Village” within the park to quarter its popularity. Modeled on the Japanese tradition of monzenmachi - or gate towns - he wanted to create a flowing, accessible community that was also capable of hosting everything from events to educational affairs. The complicated cubic and rectilinear volumes feature pitched roofs and façades not achievable with natural materials. By finishing aluminum plate surfaced with silver and white pearl and adding a matte granite layer on top, a sense of substance and materiality was achieved in the proper forms.

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Pure + Freeform is an architectural metal design studio specializing in bespoke finishes and cladding products for exterior and interior applications.

Their custom metal panels bridge the gap between accessibility, beauty, and relevance.

Pure + FreeForm’s studio works closely with each project’s design team to produce site-specific finishes and systems for metal cladding applications. Through their custom metal cladding products, their vision is to create destinations recognized globally for their inspiring, contextual, purposeful designs.


VITROCSA as Manufacturers

A beautiful example of the minimum frame, the Vitrocsa Fixed & Sliding systems with the Invisible Sill option were installed throughout the cultural expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden by Kengo Kuma.

The Vitrocsa Fixed units allows for uniformity throughout the design as the same minimal sightlines are maintained between multiple fixed panels. Meanwhile, the Vitrocsa Vertical Sliding system is customized with high-precision counterweights or alternatively, counterbalanced with another sliding glass panel to maximize views. 

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Vitrocsa Fixed & Sliding w/ the Invisible Sill option were installed throughout the cultural expansion including the Umami Café.

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