Architecture – Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has created the temporary CLT Park Harumi pavilion in the heart of the Olympic Village on the Harumi artificial island in Tokyo. The building for events and performances will be dismantled to be rebuilt in the Hiruzen National Park in Maniwa, Japan.
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The semi-outdoor space is wrapped by a see-through structure of leaves made from cross-laminated timber – CLT – panels with a steel frame. “The structure appears to be reaching up in a spiral shape towards the sky.” Explain at Kengo Kuma’s KKAAA studio.
Kengo Kuma And Associates used super-transparent kite-shaped pieces made from TEFKA, a high-performance fluororesin film, to close off the gap between the CLT panels to prevent rain and wind entrance allowing light to filter through the CLT leaves like trees in a forest. Inside, interactive screens are set in the artificial lawn.
CLT Park Harumi is flanked by two events spaces, one featuring a staircase covered in a sweeping sculpture made from stacked planks of CLT. The building also has a reading room with books and wooden toys, as well as interactive games to play on screens.
Kengo Kuma’s practice teamed with the Meiken Lamwood Corporation in Maniwa that used Japanese cypress from Maniwa city in the Okayama prefecture to make the CLT panels. After their period of use in Harumi comes to an end, the panels will be transported back to the Hiruzen National Park in Maniwa and reassembled in an area surrounded by greenery.
Kengo Kuma is also the architect of the Japan National Stadium, the main venue of the Olympics, which hosted the opening ceremony.
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© Photography by Kawasumi·Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office / Satoshi Takae / Hiroshi Kuwahara. Courtesy of Kengo Kuma And Associates.