Kengo Kuma Exhibition: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space

Detailed report of the Kengo Kuma exhibition: FIVE PURR-FECT POINTS FOR A NEW PUBLIC SPACE at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Importance of Small Architecture by Kengo Kuma

Kuma’s book, “Small Architecture,” is full of inspiration that questions the myth of modern architecture, which has become excessively big, hard and alienating. He advocates small architecture as an alternative, due to its boundless potential.

Ginkakuji: the labyrinth of wabi-sabi

The Jisho-ji, commonly known as Ginkakuji (the Silver Pavilion), is a villa created and lived by the 8th Muromachi shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. It is considered the pinnacle of Zen-inspired wabi-sabi aesthetics. MUJI’s advisor Kenya Hara and Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has unique perspectives on Ginkakuji.


Engawa, the narrow wooden strips attached around the periphery of a house has been an indispensable part of the traditional Japanese house, functioning as a sun porch, a workshop, a venue for socializing and a buffer to shield the house from harsh weather. Learn more about its various faces and versatile applications.

The Kadokawa Culture Museum designed by Kengo Kuma

Architect Kengo Kuma designed the Kadokawa Culture Museum opened in 2020. Kuma made it look as if it was part of the natural geographic formation. Here’s why.

Six Tadao Ando buildings on one street? Finding “Ando Street” in the Tokyo suburbs

Tadao Ando designed six buildings along a street in Tokyo suburbs. Discover the “Ando Street” in Sengawa, which is little known as it’s rarely advertised.