Kengo Kuma’s Modern Interpretation Of An 800-Year-Old Japanese Hut

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Kengo Kuma has constructed a modernized version of Buddhist monk Kamono Chomei’s portable hut that he immortalized centuries ago in the influential essay ”Hojo-ki” (“An Account of My Hut”).  ”Hojo-an After 800 Years,” on display at Kyoto’s Shimogamo Jinja Shrine, is a tribute to Chomei’s efficient home, often regarded as a prototype for Japan’s compact housing. Reflecting the mobility of the original structure, Kuma’s hut is constructed of ETFE sheets that can easily be rolled up. Working in combination with a cedar structure and powerful magnets, the soft architecture becomes a single, more structured unit. Click through to see more pictures of Hojo-an.

kengo kuma

kengo kuma

kengo kuma

Photo: courtesy Nikkei Architecture

kengo kuma

kengo kuma

Photo: courtesy Nikkei Architecture

[via inhabitat]