Ahead of the opening of the V&A Dundee, architect Kengo Kuma spoke to Icon’s editor about the role of nature, land and water in his work, the need for intimate space in cities, and how these themes found form in Scotland’s first design museum

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Inside the new issue: An exclusive look at the first V&A outside London. Plus: mosques with shopfronts are powerful religious architecture, Patricia Urquiola on Achille Castiglioni, and the enduring appeal of the Emeco Navy chair

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

5 archi-cult hotels you should know

Planning your next holiday yet? Here is Icon’s selection of five great buildings where every architecture fanatic would surely want to rest their head, from an inn by Kengo Kuma to an art-lover’s paradise in Provençe

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:26

Profile: reconstructing post-disaster Japan

Two years have passed since Japan was hit by a tsunami. Since then, architects and designers have volunteered their skills and expertise to help rebuild communities and make plans for the future.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:30

Profile: Kengo Kuma

Despite years of success at home and abroad, Kengo Kuma has resisted the lure of architectural showmanship and devoted his career to the quest for simplicity, combining tradition materials with technical virtuosity.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:59

Icon 116: Japan

Icon 116 is devoted to Japan. Nearly two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north of the country in March 2011, we revisit the disaster areas where architects and designers, including Toyo Ito’s KISYN group, are now helping to rebuild local communities. On the cover is Kengo Kuma, the master of “deceptive minimalism”, and we also talk to rising stars Takram Design Engineering.

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Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:47

Xinjin Zhi Museum by Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma has combined water, clay and light to create a museum in China that reflects the ancient Taoist tradition's affinity with nature.

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Kengo Kuma’s cantilevered timber bridge pays passing tribute to Isozaki and postmodernism but sits comfortably in its traditional rural context.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 06:17

GC Prostho Museum Research Centre by Kengo Kuma

Craftsmanship, devotion to material and the structure of a children’s toy are the inspirations behind Kengo Kuma’s design for a museum building in central Japan.

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