Kengo Kuma: a LAB for materials
In a nutshell
This survey of the work of the architect Kengo Kuma is sectioned by materials: bamboo, wood, stone, glass, metal, and more. Models, photographs, architectural drawings, samples of building materials, and graphics demonstrating how pieces are put together do a great job representing a wide variety of structures. Kengo Kuma is represented through his work; there is no information about the architect himself.
The Tokyo Station Gallery is located near the Marunouchi North Exit in Tokyo Station. The gallery entrance is on the first floor with the exhibition space on the second and third floors.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
Almost everything is in English, except the chapter information, which describes the materials. Information about the materials can be found in English on the free audio guide, which is accessed on your phone. The computerized voice is off putting so reading the text is recommended.
Photos are allowed and visitors definitely take advantage of the opportunity to snap some pics.
This type of exhibition inspires creativity and thoughtful reflection.
A must for architecture and design buffs but also very interesting to a layperson. Appealing to children who are interested in buildings and building materials.
How far out?
Centrally located right in Tokyo Station.
How much time?
Over an hour.
How much money?
¥1,100 for general admission.
May 6, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth seeing if you’re in the area or have some free time.