Kentaro Yamazaki – Community, Cohesion & Creativity
I have an immense appreciation for Japanese architecture. In fact, when in need of some design inspiration, I find myself repeatedly referring back to the likes of Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma (both highly influential Japanese architects of our time). I am particularly drawn to their minimalistic design approach, and their intelligent use of natural materials like stone, oak and concrete to produce buildings that seamlessly integrate into their urban surroundings.
So it’s logical then that I am very excited about an emerging young Japanese architect by the name of Kentaro Yamazaki. He is currently making a tremendous impact in the design world. With each new project, he profoundly re-shapes the future of architectural space.
Kentaro Yamazaki is a young, progressive and highly-awarded architect. After spending a number of years at Irie Miyake Architects, he branched out on his own in 2008 and established YKDW (Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop).
Since then, Kentaro has been a trailblazer in the industry thanks to his unique design approach based on not just the designs themselves, but a philosophy that incorporates the local community and builds social awareness.
Each building is consciously considered; from how people will use the space to interact, to how it will cultivate and strengthen the human relationships within them. Kentaro feels it is also imperative to involve community members during the construction phase. One of his projects – a restaurant in Okinawa – perfectly illustrates this.
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Edited by Renee Lunder
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