kengo kuma devises 'tsumiki', a system of stackable wooden modules
 
kengo kuma devises 'tsumiki', a system of stackable wooden modules kengo kuma devises 'tsumiki', a system of stackable wooden modules
dec 09, 2015

kengo kuma devises 'tsumiki', a system of stackable wooden modules


kengo kuma devises ‘tsumiki’, a system of stackable wooden modules
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in collaboration with ryuichi sakamoto’s forest conservation organization more trees, architect kengo kuma has has designed a set of triangular-shaped modular pieces. called ‘tsumiki’ — a name that means ‘wooden blocks’ in japanese — the individual components can be stacked and assembled in a variety of ways, allowing the user to create original sculptures.

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the tsumiki pavilion is a temporary structure erected in tokyo’s midtown park
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during tokyo design week 2015, kengo kuma used this same concept to design the tsumiki pavilion — a temporary structure erected in tokyo’s midtown park. in addition to the pyramidal installation, individual pieces were arranged in a semi-circle, varying in scale from large to small. the ‘tsumiki’ elements are made from japanese cedar, and manufactured using wood certified by the forest stewardship council.

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individual pieces were arranged in a semi-circle
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visitors were encouraged to interact with the individual modules
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the wooden pieces vary in scale from large to small
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guests to the park can walk under the installation
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the structure includes ten stacked layers
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detail highlighting the structural form
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kengo kuma tsumiki pavilion tokyo design week triangle-shaped wooden blocks designboom
the project was developed in collaboration with forest conservation organization ‘more trees’
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kengo kuma tsumiki pavilion tokyo design week triangle-shaped wooden blocks designboom
‘tsumiki’ translates as ‘wooden blocks’ in japanese
image © ikunori yamamoto

kengo kuma tsumiki pavilion tokyo design week triangle-shaped wooden blocks designboom
the components can be stacked and assembled in a variety of ways
image © ikunori yamamoto

kengo kuma tsumiki pavilion tokyo design week triangle-shaped wooden blocks designboom
a series of original sculptures
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a camel (left) and dog (right)
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kengo kuma tsumiki pavilion tokyo design week triangle-shaped wooden blocks designboom
kengo kuma’s tsumiki design will soon be available to buy in japan
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project info:

 

tsumiki pavilion design: kengo kuma and associates, kengo kuma and shuhei kamiya
organizer: moretrees
structural engineer: ejiri structural engineers, noriyasu ejiri
lighting design: izumi okayasu
construction: TSP taiyo

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