kengo kuma finalizes timber clad nursing home in kanagawa
 
kengo kuma finalizes timber clad nursing home in kanagawa
jul 03, 2014

kengo kuma finalizes timber clad nursing home in kanagawa

kengo kuma finalizes timber clad nursing home in kanagawa
photo © nakamura kai
all images courtesy of kengo kuma and associates

 

 

 

japanese architect kengo kuma has completed a nursing home and day-care center in his own prefecture of kanagawa. entitled ‘hayama no mori’, the project sees the acclaimed designer fully utilize the pure and versatile qualities of wood, cladding the structure in strips of angled timber resulting in a continuous and dynamic horizontal pattern that stretches along the entirety of building’s façade. behind the rhythmically composed elevations, a series of brightly lit and open volumes extend throughout the L-shaped floor plan. the two-storey building is articulated around a latticed library, which rises upwards connecting the design through a series of interlocking strips.

kengo kuma hayama no mori nursing home kanagawa japan designboom
the structure is clad in strips of angled timber resulting in a continuous and dynamic horizontal pattern
photo © nakamura kai

kengo kuma hayama no mori nursing home kanagawa japan designboom
the two-storey building is articulated around a latticed library which rises upwards
photo © nakamura kai

kengo kuma hayama no mori nursing home kanagawa japan designboom
a timber staircase connects the building’s two storeys
photo © nakamura kai

kengo kuma hayama no mori nursing home kanagawa japan designboom
the use of wood is continued inside the nursing home
photo © nakamura kai

kengo kuma hayama no mori nursing home kanagawa japan designboom
open and brightly lit volumes are found behind the rhythmically composed elevations
photo © nakamura kai

kengo kuma hayama no mori nursing home kanagawa japan designboom
the L-shaped ‘hayama no mori’ illuminated at night
photo © nakamura kai

 

 

project info:

 

location: kanagawa, japan
type: nursing home, day‐care center
area: 1374.32 sqm
completed: 2014
photography: nakamura kai

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