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Kengo Kuma Designs a Brooding Art Museum Covered in Tiles

In creating a folk art museum on the campus of China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, Japanese architect and newly selected Tokyo Olympics stadium designer Kengo Kuma sought to fully honor the original landscape and vernacular architecture. Taking over a former tea field, the 53,500-square-foot complex runs up and down the hillside in tiers, not unlike the natural topography of the tea plantation. Meanwhile, the entire building is covered in tiles, a traditional roofing material in China, rendering it akin to an expanded village made up of parallelogram-shaped units. Separated tiles hung by stainless steel wires also form a screen that helps filter in sunlight (when there is any...)

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