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NewsNews • 18 Jun 2021

10 highlights in the work of Kengo Kuma

At 10 years old Kengo Kuma decided he wanted to become an architect when his father took him to see the Yoyogi National Gymnasium by Kenzo Tange. By the time he reached college he traveled to search for something to replace the predominant building materials concrete and steel. After visiting sun-dried brick houses in the Sahara and modest wooden houses on Japanese islands, he became convinced that the age of large tall buildings had come to an end, in place for small- scale architecture informed by rural villages.  In the 90s during the Japanese economic downturn Kuma had the chance to work on small buildings in the countryside. Working with local craftsmen he noticed the stark contrast between them and the building managers in Tokyo... More

NewsNews • 29 Jul 2020

New digital platform informs the design of the Roatán Próspera Residences by Zaha Hadid Architects

For the Roatán Próspera residences, Zaha Hadid Architects with AKT II and Hilson Moran Partnership have developed a new digital architectural platform. Located on the island of Roatán, one of the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, the platform was key in developing housing with a specific ecological and social response to the climate, terrain, and culture of the region. Courtesy: Zaha Hadid Architects The team’s design approach starts with a comprehensive understanding of local supply chain, logistics, and construction techniques. This involved in particular sourcing sustainable timber from certified forests on the Honduran mainland for structural elements and further treating this timber locally. Digit... More