May 6, 2013
For Milan Design Week 2013, Kengo Kuma brought his traditional Japanese aesthetic of transparency and lightness from the natural environment to the city center. In “Naturescape for Urban Stories,” Kuma envisions a natural space set within the bustle of the crowded urban area of Milan. Suspended between sculptural environment and architecture, Kuma’s installation reinterprets the traditional Japanese garden as a series of sinuous, organic garden spaces comprised of pietra serena stone, bamboo, water and gravel. Around each garden, the terrain delicate steps upward, forming bulbous elevations that determine the borders of reflecting pools and paths of movement.
Known for his use of light and natural materials and strong connection to the landscape, Kuma infuses the installation with a sense that these “urban stories” could be placed in any large city. The delicacy of materials and feeling of serenity achieved through the gardens helps a dense city area reclaim the natural environment taken away by development. Click through to see more!