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Spiraling Civic Centers

The Work of Kengo Kuma Adorns Australia with a Building Named the Exchange

— January 28, 2020 — Art & Design
The work of Kengo Kuma has been known to exhibit strong contemporary properties with lightweight materials that are arranged in a strikingly sculptural way. The architect's latest endeavor completes a civic center that is open to the public in Sydney, Australia -- in Darling Square, to be exact. Dubbed 'The Exchange,' the modern structure is Kengo Kuma's first project on the continent.

The Exchange boasts a continuous spiraling silhouette that is "wrapped in 20,000 meters of light-colored wood." The way it is realized allows passersby to steal small glimpses of what is happening inside the civic center. Kuma chose a "circular geometry" for this building as this shape allows a degree of accessibility. That is, people can observe it from all sides equally.


Image Credit: Martin Mischkulnig
Trend Themes
1. Sculptural Architecture - Disruptive innovation opportunities can be explored in creating bold and visually striking architectural designs using lightweight materials.
2. Circular Geometry - Opportunities for disruptive innovation lie in utilizing circular shapes and structures to increase accessibility and create visually captivating spaces.
3. Wooden Facades - Innovative solutions can be developed by exploring lightweight wooden facades to create unique and eco-friendly architectural designs.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore disruptive innovation by incorporating sculptural designs, circular geometries, and sustainable materials into their projects.
2. Construction - Disruptive innovation opportunities can be found in developing new construction techniques to construct lightweight and visually appealing structures with wooden facades.
3. Tourism and Hospitality - Incorporating sculptural and visually captivating architectural designs in hotels, resorts, and public spaces can create unique experiences for tourists and visitors.
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