this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels

kengo kuma designs kibi kogen N square in Kibichuo, japan

 

Architecture group Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) has completed the Kibi Kogen N Square — a community exchange and revitalization facility centered around a co-working space and café in Kibichuo, a highland town nestled in the central Okayama Prefecture of Japan. The 585 square-meter structure and interior extensively use CLT panels, stacked and protruding at different angles to create dynamic variations of spaces and openings across the Kibi Kogen N Square. The project was completed in March 2024. 

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
all images ©︎ Kawasumi / Kenji Kobayashi Photographic Office

 

 

multi-angled CLT panels evoking opennes and collaboration

 

Systems Nakashima, a local company, took on the initiative to develop Kibi Kogen N Square alongside the team at Kengo Kuma. Spanning a site with a height difference of approximately four meters, the facility features 2.2-meter wide, 35-meter long, and 21-centimeter thick strip-shaped CLT panels, of which Okayama is the largest producer  Japan. Unlike the conventional closed and repetitive impression of CLT structures, the open space reflects the facility’s theme of openness and collaboration within the community. ‘The coworking space, involving Okayama University from the local area, is expected to foster ‘a crossover of activities that transcend generations and industry-academia boundaries are to be expected,’ writes Kengo Kuma. 

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
Kibi Kogen N Square by Kengo Kuma

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
protruding and multi-angled CLT panels

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
the co-working and café facility is located in Kibichuo town

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
dynamic stacking creates variations of spaces and openings

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this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
view from the interiors

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
Kengo Kuma completed the project in March 2024

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this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
interiors are also clad in CLT panels

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
unconventional use of CLT panels evoke opennes and collaboration

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this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
night time view

this japanese co-working space by kengo kuma combines protruding layers of CLT panels
close up shot of warm lighting

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