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KKA: Contemporary Japanese Architect Practice: International Design Studio based in Japan

post updated 11 October 2021

Kengo Kuma News

Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects News

11 October 2021
Angers Cathedral Arched Portals Design, Angers, Pays de la Loire, western France
Design: Kengo Kuma & Associates
Footbridge Angers Saint Laud Train Station
image courtesy of architects practice
Angers Cathedral Arched Portals
This architectural intervention is to protect the western portal of the church, containing polychromatic sculptures from the 12th and 17th-Century.

23 June 2021
Kengo Kuma’s Prolific Works

Topography highlights how Kengo Kuma’s architecture naturally merges with its cultural and environmental surroundings, exploring in detail many high-profile projects, including work on Tokyo’s main stadium for the 2021 Olympic Games, the design of the V&A Dundee museum in Scotland, and Tokyo’s newest train station, as well as more human-scaled works, such as Jeju Ball resort in Korea:

Kengo Kuma Book

23 Apr 2021
Rolls-Royce Bespoke Dawn In Association With Kengo Kuma – for unique Japanese residence, The Kita Tea House
Rolls-Royce Bespoke Dawn by Kengo Kuma
photo courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Bespoke Dawn by Kengo Kuma
“It was an honour to collaborate with Kengo Kuma to create a serene and timeless motor car for a serene and timeless building. From the inception of the marque over 100 years ago, Rolls-Royce has transcended the automotive field, taking the tangible entity of a car and delivering its patrons the intangible: a truly unique experience.

Iconic Awards Winner in 2020

4 Aug 2020

Kengo Kuma and Associates honoured as Architects of the Year

The ICONIC AWARDS 2020: Innovative Architecture, organised by the German Design Council, honour the best architecture and design solutions internationally.

V&A at Dundee Museum Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Iconic Awards Winners in 2020

25 Apr 2016
Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Odense, Fyn, Denmark
Architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Architects (KKA) + Cornelius+Vöge + MASU planning
HC Andersen Museum design by Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects
image from architects
Hans Christian Andersen Museum Building
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, in a team with Danish architects Cornelius+Vöge and landscape architects MASU planning, has unveiled plans for a new Hans Christian Andersen Museum in the Danish city of Odense, which will revolve around the writer’s popular fairy tales.

15 Mar 2016
Darling Exchange Landmark Civic Building in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Landmark civic building Design: KKA ; Public square Design: Aspect Studios
Darling Exchange Building Sydney
image from architects
Darling Exchange Building Sydney
New landmark civic building and urban square in the heart of the Darling Square Development in Sydney: Sydney’s skyline is set for more cranes and a rooftop bar with the development of the Darling Exchange, in the heart of the $3.4 billion transformation of Darling Harbour.

V&A at Dundee, Scotland, UK
KKA win the V&A Dundee competition. 3 Nov 2010
Lecture in Dundee, 18 Feb 2013

V&A Dundee design by Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects
photo © Sean Noon

Architects studio shortlisted for a major new building in Scotland: V&A at Dundee

V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be an international centre of design for Scotland – the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London. The first British building by this celebrated Japanese architecture firm, V&A Dundee will be a “new living room for the city.” The galleries will be the “first dedicated home to the story of Scotland’s outstanding design heritage – of the past, present and future.”

Kengo Kuma Lecture 21 May 2011

re V&A at Dundee

‘The Answer is Architecture’

The Answer is Architecture Can a building enhance our relationship with the environment rather than detracting from it? In this exclusive lecture, his first in Scotland, award-winning architect Kengo Kuma will explore the role that architecture has in connecting people to their environment. He will discuss how a well-designed building acts as an operating system for society and can mark a defining moment of civilisation.

Kengo Kuma & Associates – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by Kengo Kuma & Associates, alphabetical:

Chokkura Plaza, Takanezawa, Japan
Date built: 2005
Chokkura Plaza
photo : Daici Ano, from the architect 090908

Great Bamboo Wall House, nr Beijing, China
Date built: 2002
Great Bamboo Wall House
photograph : Satoshi Asakawa, from the architect 090908

Inflatable Tea House, Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany
Date built: 2007
Inflatable Tea House
photo : KKA

Kure City Ondo Civic Center, Japan
Date built: 2007
Ondo Civic Center
photograph from the architect 081008
Ondo Civic Center
The site faces the Inland Sea of Japan and has a water conduit within. Its landscape consists of the ridgeline of the mountains and islands faced with the surface of the sea. The building uses traditional plain rectangular tile and hollow semicircular tiles applied to the louvres to stress plasticity.

Museum of Hiroshige Ando, Batou, Japan
Date built: 2000
Museum of Hiroshige Ando
image : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka, from the architect 090908

Nagasaki Art Museum, Japan

Nagasaki Art Museum design by Kengo Kuma & Associates Architects
photo from BQ

Suntory Museum of Art, Japan
Date built: 2007
Suntory Museum of Art
image : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
Suntory Museum of Art

Water/Glass Villa, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Dates built: 1992-95
Water/Glass Villa design by Kengo Kuma Architect
photograph : Mitsumasa Fujitsuka, from the architect 090908
1997 Residential DuPont Benedictus Award

More buildings by Kengo Kuma & Associates online soon

Kengo Kuma & Associates – Projects, no images

Featured Buildings by KKA, alphabetical:

Fukusaki hanging garden – office building, Osaka, Japan

Ginzan Onsen Fujiya, Obanazawa, Japan

Lotus House, Kanagawa, nr Tokyo, Japan

Murai Masanari Art Museum, Tokyo

Yusuhara Town Hall, Yusuhara, Kochi Prefecture, Japan

Zhongtai Lighting – Z58 Office & Showroom, Shanghai, China

More design projects by architects KKA online soon

Submissions welcome provided photographs are credited.

Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, east Asia

Architects Practice Information

KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES studio based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Architects office

Kengo was born 1954 in Kanagawa, Japan

Graduated from University of Tokyo School of Architecture 1979

Graduate Scholarship – Columbia University

Spatial Design Studio founder 1987

Kengo Kuma & Associates founder 1990
Practice: architects office based in Tokyo

Academic Positions

Faculty of Environmental Information

Faculty of Science & Technology, Keio University, Tokyo

Japanese Architecture – major designs in Japan, focused on contemporary buildings of good quality or featuring innovation.

Tokyo Architects Studios


Architecture Studios – design offices across the globe

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