Not lost in translation
Master Architect Kengo Kuma’s first residential skyscraper in North America is the crown jewel of a Japanese exhibition in Vancouver.
The Japanese philosophy of “layering,” in which architecture, craftsmanship and design cross-pollinate to create one experience, is illuminated and demystified in Japan Unlayered. The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver has been transformed into a microcosm of the Land of the Rising Sun with a multi-sensory exhibition on two levels.Link to the article
Photos: Inside the Japan Unlayered Exhibit
We’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for the Muji pop-up shop since December, and now it’s finally arrived (along with Kengo Kuma and Beams!) at the Japan Unlayered exhibit happening at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.
The exhibit, curated by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, draws on the natural environment, simple-yet-effective design and the philosophy of layering. And though the Muji pop-up requires a reservation and cash to spend, the rest of the exhibition is free to the public. Here’s a look at our favourite things on display:Link to the article
Two-Michelin star food hits Vancouver with Japan Unlayered
Developer Ian Gillespie has just boarded a flight when he returns a call for an interview. He’s en route to a city that’s grabbed him by the lapels and left him somewhat smitten: Tokyo.
You have but to check out the Japan Unlayered exhibition at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. It’s a declaration of his passion for Japanese culture and he’s dying to share.Link to the article
Muji in Vancouver The time has come
Attention, Muji fans: the beloved Japanese lifestyle brand is finally coming to Vancouver.
The quiet announcement (how fitting for an understated company that does not even put labels on its products) was made during the small preview for Westbank’s “Japan Unlayered” exhibit at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, by Muji Canada president Toru Akita and Muji parent company Ryohin Keikaku director and executive officer Satoshi Okazaki.Link to the article
Kengo Kuma installs teahouse on Vancouver roof terrace
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a pavilion for hosting traditional tea ceremonies on the deck of a Vancouver tower, coinciding with an exhibition of his work across the street. Kuma’s teahouse is installed on the 19th floor of Shaw Tower, on the terrace of a show apartment that overlooks both the city’s Downtown district and the bay.
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Beams President Yo Shitara – Best of both worlds.
In 1976, Yo Shitara set up his dorm room in Harajuku, Tokyo. He called it Beams, a place not for studies but rather a shop for American collegiate fashion—blazers, button downs, crewneck sweatshirts, Oxfords—a style that was trending in Japan at the time.Link to the article
Japanese label MUJI announces opening of largest Canadian store in Vancouver
While anticipation for MUJI’s first Canadian pop-up shop is so high that a reservation system has been established, the company announced today (January 23) at the Fairmont Pacific Rim that two permanent locations will open in Metro Vancouver before the end of the year.Link to the article
GATHER | Muji Pop-Up x ‘Japan Unlayered’ x Fairmont Pacific Rim
Muji Canada‘s pop-up store and accompanying Japan Unlayered exhibition at Fairmont Pacific Rim are hotly anticipated attractions opening this weekend. Muji is bringing its popular line of stationery products, aroma diffusers, streamlined storage bins, and stylish notepads to their makeshift storefront.Link to the article
Photos: MUJI, BEAMS, and architect Kengo Kuma land in Vancouver for Japan Unlayered exhibition
Curated by renowned architect Kengo Kuma and Westbank—frequent collaborators who have partnered on various projects across Vancouver and Tokyo—the free showcase celebrates contemporary Japanese architecture, design, and culture by paying homage to the nation’s philosophy of “layering”, where overlapping ideas form the basis of an overall experience.Link to the article
“Japan Unlayered” at Fairmont Pacific Rim One at a time.
The Japanese have long intrigued North Americans, in every facet, from their food, to their clothing, to their design, to their overall minimalist culture (please don’t use the documentary The Minimalists as your reference point here). The Japanese lifestyle is known to be refined, thoughtful, uncluttered yet intricate—certainly forward-thinking compared to how we live on this continent. Ian Gillespie of Vancouver’s Westbank has a goal of bringing some of these ideas to the far west, and it all begins with “Japan Unlayered”.Link to the article
Vancouver to get unique ‘soft skyscraper’ in West Georgia corridor
Vancouver’s skyline is about to get a unique addition: a ‘soft skyscraper’, clad with shingled panels to create soft, blurred reflections expected to make the building look ephemeral. The 43-storey tower at 1550 Alberni is designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
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Japan Unlayered in Vancouver: Eastern culture at the Pacific Rim.
The Japanese word for Westerners who admire their nation’s culture is shinnichi, approximately translating to “pro-Japanese.” Japan Unlayered, a multifaceted cultural exhibit running January 27 to February 28 at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim, captures the concept well.Link to the article
kengo kuma’s ‘japan unlayered’ exhibition set to open in vancouver
from january 27 to february 28, 2017, vancouver hosts an exhibition curated by kengo kuma that celebrates contemporary japanese architecture and design. titled ‘japan unlayered’, the show has been conceived as a sensory experience that conveys culture through touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell. the exhibition places a particular focus on kengo kuma’s ‘alberni’ project, his first residential tower in north america.Link to the article
Reservations for the MUJI Vancouver Pop-Up Store start today at 11AM PST! Since the shop is very i intimate, a reservation system has been put in place to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for visitors.
The MUJI Pop-Up Shop is open Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm until Tuesday, February BLUR 28, 2017. Reservations are open daily 11AM PST 48 hours prior to each appointment, so not to worry if a time block sells out. We would like to create a beautiful experience for everyone. There is a limit of 2 reservations per email address, and no exchanges or transfers for times & dates allowed. There will be no access to the MUJI Vancouver pop-up store without a reservation appointment. Visit the reservation page for more information
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Kengo Kuma Master Class
I first experienced Kengo Kuma’s work in person in 2008, when biking through Japan with my son Makalu. As an architect who values traditional Japanese wood joinery and craftsmanship in the context of modern design and innovation, I find the renowned Japanese architect’s work both inspirational and influential to my own ideas and practices.Link to the article
Japanese retailer MUJI to open first Canadian pop-up store in Vancouver
MUJI is finally making its way to Vancouver—as a pop-up shop, at least. The Japanese retailer will be participating in Japan Unlayered, an exhibition showcasing contemporary Japanese architecture, design, and culture. Decked out in Canadian oak, the pop-up space will be designed by renowned Japanese architect and one of the exhibit’s curators, Kengo Kuma.Link to the article
Architecture Should Not Be the Protagonist of the Environment
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma traced a definitive thematic thread through the arc of his multifaceted and prestigious practice. Architizer caught up with the architect before his departure back to Japan to expand on his presentation.Link to the article
Kengo Kuma unveils curved tower in Vancouver
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has revealed plans for his first tall building in North America – a 43-storey residential tower in Vancouver with a curved silhouette. It will sit near the entrance to the 404-hectare Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in the US and Canada.Link to the article
Kengo Kuma speaks about his first Canadian skyscraper
designboom speaks with Kengo Kuma about the Alberni project, and what he wanted to achieve in this, his first skyscraper in Canada. Kuma noted that Vancouver is a beautiful place, with wild natural surroundings and the proximity to the the beautiful ocean.Link to the article