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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Plenary Lectures

New National Stadium Japan - the Architectural Concept -

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Plenary Lectures
  • Pages: 2
  • Title: New National Stadium Japan - the Architectural Concept -
  • Author(s): Kengo Kuma
  • Keywords: stadium, architectural concept, timber structure
Abstract
I have built architecture with wood and shadow as a theme. Trees need shadow. Tress generate shadow. Then animals gather under the shadow. They protect themselves from strong sunlight, ultraviolet rays and strong rain. Of the works of ours from Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center to FRAC Besancon and, further to the new national stadium, our protagonist has always been wood and shadow as a set, which also plays a role as mediator between humans and nature. What we are doing now is to revive wood in modern architecture. Same attempts are being carried out in many parts of the world. It has been proved that wood can play a dual role as a mediator and a shelter to deal with the nature. Restoring wooden architecture in the current context will give a great and positive impact on people's lives worldwide. I believe that is the task assigned to all architects of our time. (Portrait photo by The Courier)

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