“When You Enter Architecture You Enter Another World” in Conversation With Kengo Kuma

Talking to the Louisiana Channel, iconic Japanese architect Kengo Kuma discusses the many influences that have shaped his work – and also delves into the impact that the ongoing pandemic has had on the architectural field. In the interview, Kuma describes how influential his early upbringing was to his architectural career. Growing up in a small wooden house in the 1950s – originally built in 1942, would go on to guide his architectural perchance of using wood in his projects. Kuma also mentions Japanese architect Kenzu Tange as a key inspiration and cites Tange’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium – constructed for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo – as a project that would influence him towards an architectural career.

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