We love traditional Japanese architecture, but we like it even more when it's also cutting edge. Kengo Kuma blends the two beautifully, as evidenced by his latest project in Tokyo, the Sunny Hills cake shop. Wrapped in a wooden 3D lattice, this wonderful shop -- famous for their pineapple cake, a popular Taiwanese sweet -- takes inspiration from bamboo baskets.
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.’
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.