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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 [1] and held the timber stacks together with thin steel rods. This unique building method makes disassembly [2] 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 [3] – 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 [4]

Photo © Kengo Kuma

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

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

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

[4] + Kengo Kuma + and associates: http://kkaa.co.jp/

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