Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis
Employees: 100+ Employees
Kengo Kuma & Associates is one of the most famous architectural studios in Japan. It was established by Kengo Kuma, who was born in 1954. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Tokyo, where he also teaches. In 2004, he obtained a Ph.D. in architecture. After graduating, he worked for some time at Nihon Sekkei and Toda Corporation.
Kengo Kuma was a lecturer at various universities, including Columbia University, Keio University, and the University of Illinois. He also created a unique space, Kuma Lab at the Faculty of Engineering, which participates in architectural competitions and worldwide workshops and publishes researches from Doctoral Candidate Lab members. The Lab created a project aimed to support the recovery from the Great East earthquake.
The studio was involved in numerous projects, including the design of the New National Studio in Tokyo, built for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, Suntory Museum of Art, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy headquarters in Japan, and many others across the world and Japan.
The practice has been awarded many prestigious awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Award, the first prize for Hangzhou Xiaohe Park. Kengo Kuma & Associates creates designs with cultural surroundings in mind and is constantly searching for materials that would swap steel and concrete, thus offering a fresh architectural perspective.
Specialization: ArchitectureArchitecture TheoryCommercial ArchitectureCorporate ArchitectureCultural ArchitectureEducational ArchitectureHealthcare ArchitectureHospitality ArchitectureIndustrial ArchitectureInterior DesignResidential ArchitectureSports Architecture
SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama | Kengo Kuma & Associates
March 16, 2014
SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama is a shop that specialized in selling pineapple cake (a popular sweet in Taiwan) and it has...
SHUN＊SHOKU LOUNGE BY GURUNAVI | Kengo Kuma & Associates
January 30, 2014
SHUN＊SHOKU LOUNGE BY GURUNAVI is made from piled-up pieces of wooden panels that create its interior like topography. Various kinds...
Jugetsudo Kabukiza | Kengo Kuma & Associates
August 1, 2013
Jugetsudo Kabukiza is a cafe located on the 5th floor of Ginza Kabukiza and faces their rooftop garden. The tearoom,...
Starbucks Coffee | Kengo Kuma & Associates
July 8, 2013
The location of this Starbucks is somehow characteristic, as it stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one...
Garden Terrace Miyazaki | Kengo Kuma & Associates
May 14, 2013
Garden Terrace Miyazaki hotel was built at a vast site near JR Miyazaki station, where a factory once stood. Around...
Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen | Kengo Kuma & Associates
May 3, 2013
Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a newly-built nursery school designed by Kengo Kuma located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. In the...
One Niseko | Kengo Kuma & Associates
March 15, 2013
One Niseko is a hotel renovation in Niseko, Hokkaido, one of the most popular skiing resorts in the world. For...