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Sunny Hills by Kengo Kuma

Sunny Hills

Who loves a god construction in concrete? Tokyo was a city of wood, constructed on a human scale. Kengo Kuma and Associates’s petite cypress-slatted building for Sunny Hills.
After being asked to design the shop and office, to stand on a corner in the residential district of Aoyama, Kengo Kuma hit upon the idea of a facade composed of thin wooden slats intersecting diagonally like branches in a grove of trees.

Sunny Hills

Kuma gave the joints, typically right angles, a more streamlined 30-degree/150-degree configuration, layered the latticework into a three-dimensional grid, and mag­nified it to building scale. Modeled with Rhinoceros and SketchUp software and assembled by hand, the in­tricate design was then constructed in Japanese cypress.

Sunny Hills

Filtering through the latticework, the sunshine epitomizes SunnyHills. Its pine­apple cake is sold at concrete counters that rise seamlessly from the floor. The effect is unlike anything Tokyo’s 19th-century carpenters could have imagined—yet somehow in line with their sensibility.

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