KENGO KUMA’S OWAN PAVILION BLENDS ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE

KENGO KUMA’S OWAN PAVILION BLENDS ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE

Kengo Kuma's Owan Pavilion Blends Architecture And Nature

Design Miami/Basel 2016 : Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a billowing geometric pavilion for the Phillipe Gravier Gallery at the biannual Design Miami/Basel 2016 design forum.

Kengo Kuma's Owan Pavilion Blends Architecture And Nature

Kengo Kuma's Owan Pavilion Blends Architecture And Nature

Called Owan, Kuma’s pavilion aims to establish a dialogue between architecture and the landscape by employing an undulating mesh-like structural shell. Owan‘s design also derives from the curvature often found in fish scales and traditional tea bowls from Kuma’s homeland.

Kengo Kuma's Owan Pavilion Blends Architecture And Nature

Kengo Kuma's Owan Pavilion Blends Architecture And Nature

The pavilion’s shell can be altered, changing its relationship to the site and its interior dimensions. Though appearing porous, Owan is lined with a thin waterproof membrane that can move in the wind along with the lightweight structure.

Kengo Kuma's Owan Pavilion Blends Architecture And Nature

Design Miami (June 14 – 19) is a forum that has a strong pedigree in the world of design collectables. Kuma’s Owan will be presented at the forum’s “Design at Large,” which will also exhibit further large-scale installations under the theme of “tea house,” notably Ron Arad’s Armadillo Tea Canopy.

Photo Courtesy : Design Miami/Basel 2016

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