With the current constructions in Sydney of both the Darling Exchange and W48, it's the perfect time to highlight the renowned architect Kengo Kuma and his collaboration with Lasvit named Yakisugi.
Kengo Kuma drew his inspiration from a technique for preserving construction timber by charring its surface, known in Japan as Shou-Sugi-Ban or Yakisugi.
The adaptation of this process to a centuries-old glass craft technique, enabled the designer to create single use moulds that, once charred, left a unique imprint on the glass.
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Learn more about this collaboration from Kengo Kuma's Chief Manager, Marcin Sapeta:
ABOUT KENGO KUMA:
Kengo Kuma established his architecture firm, Kengo Kuma and Associates in 1990 after earning his degree at the University of Toyko, where he is now also a Profressor.
Kengo Kuma and Associates have completed a number of award winning projects both in Japan and abroad. In addition to Sydney's Darling Exchange and W48, they are currently working on the new National Stadium in Japan that will host the 2020 Olympics. Some say this project is a full circle career accomplishment as one of his first buildings is located just down the road.
In addition to being a design icon, Kengo is also a widely-read writer where his books are published in English, Chinese and Korean.
Left to Right: Darling Exchange and W48.