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Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Posted By Ana Lisa On February 14, 2013 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Recycling and Composting | No Comments

Kengo Kuma, Cafe Kureon, untreated wood, jenga, Toyama, Designed for Dissasembly, Architecture, Recycling / Compost

Cafe Kureon consist of an enclosed glass box surrounded by columns of piled blocks and topped with a corrugated metal roof. Kuma used local untreated wood [4] and held the timber stacks together with thin steel rods. This unique building method makes disassembly [5] easy, so the café can be moved to a different location when the time comes.

Kengo Kuma’s Cafe Kureon is yet another example of how Japanese architecture brings the outside in [6] – the interiors are light and airy, thanks to large floor-to-ceiling windows. Interlocking lengths of timber are placed perpendicular to each other to form wooden columns both inside and outside.

+ Kengo Kuma + and associates [1]

Photo © Kengo Kuma

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[1] Kengo Kuma + and Associates: http://kkaa.co.jp/

[2] construction: http://inhabitat.com/kengo-kumas-transparent-temporary-shelter-pays-homage-to-classic-japanese-literature/

[3]  : http://inhabitat.com/kengo-kumas-jenga-like-cafe-kureon-is-made-from-stacks-of-locally-sourced-logs/kengo-kuma-disassembly-wood-cafe-kureon-2/?extend=1

[4] untreated wood: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/materials/untreated-lumber-better.htm

[5] disassembly: http://ecodesign.lboro.ac.uk/?section=97

[6] brings the outside in: http://inhabitat.com/japanese-takaya-house-features-a-natural-floor-made-from-tamped-earth/

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