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Kengo Kuma’s first UK project opens in Edinburgh

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The first building in the UK designed by Kengo Kuma - a pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh - has opened

The Japanese architect – who is the mastermind behind the £80.1 million V&A Museum of Design Dundee – created the pavilion using wind-blown trees collected from Templeton Woods in Dundee.

Known as a Kibako, meaning ‘wooden box’ in Japanese, the 16m² pavilion is made from logs of equal length on the inside, but differing lengths on the exterior.

Kuma said: ‘The trunks are stacked up randomly to create a structure inspired by firewood logs.

‘Our aim was to create an environment that communicates the roughness and warmth of timber to sit in harmony with its environment and peripheral scenery.’

The pavilion was also designed in collaboration with Scottish practice James F Stephen Architects, which has been working in partnership with Kengo Kuma on the V&A Dundee.

Doug Reid, partner at James F Stephen Architects, said: ‘The design expresses the natural roughness and warmth of timber logs salvaged from the city’s urban amenity woodland in a very artistic and sculptural form that has been assembled using local labour and resources.’

The pavilion is designed so that it can be deconstructed after the Expo and later reassembled in Slessor Gardens, Dundee. It will then be moved to Templeton Woods and converted into a bicycle hub.

The Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh opened yesterday (21 June) and is part of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture.

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crop plan kengo

Source: James F Stephen Architects

Kengo Kuma/James F Stephen Architects’ pavilion design

Project data

Location The Mound, Edinburgh (and later transfer to Dundee Waterfront)
Type of project
 Pop Up Cities Expo Pavilion
Client Dundee City Council
Architect Kengo Kuma and Associates/James F Stephen Architects
Structural engineer Dundee City Council
Main contractor George Martin Builders Ltd
Funding Dundee City Council
Tender date May 2016
Start on site date 13 June 2016
Completion date 15 June 2016
Contract duration 4 weeks
Gross internal floor area 16m²

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