Cafe Kureon by Kengo Kuma and Associates is the latest design from the Tokyo-based firm. The dynamic, layered concept of the wooded structure is reminiscent of building blocks. The Jenga-inspired structure located in Toyama, Japan is a wooden architectural piece surrounded by a meadow.
The square-shaped restaurant is encased in a large glass enclosure and appears to float above ground. This glass box is enveloped by timber blocks all layered atop, in front or behind one another. These layered pieces give the structure's facade volume and dimension while lending the restaurant's interior very interesting views.
The grid-like arrangement of wooden pieces is visually stunning as well as structurally efficient, providing support and connections to the foundation and roof of the building. This cleverly designed cafe is both vibrant and modern. Hidden away within a rural setting, this structure is a hidden gem for design-enthusiasts.
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