Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

by , 02/27/14

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Kuma’s eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo’s Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets, but the angle of the wooden lattice is very unique. Unlike the conventional 90 degrees, the slats are angled at 30 and 60 degrees assembled with ‘no-glue-nor-screws’, a technique Kuma considers ‘the essence of Japanese architecture.’

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For Sunny Hills’ interiors, Kuma aimed to ‘create a forest in the busy city centre.’ So he and his team went out into the woods and studied how lighting would change within an organic landscape with multiple layers. Paved with a renewable cork floor, Kuma’s newest design is a sweet piece of architecture.

Kengo Kuma & Associates

Via Dezeen

Photography is by Daici Ano and Kengo Kuma & Associates

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1 Comment

  1. Margie Potgieter March 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    This is amazing – two steps forward in design and problem solving!

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