As a child, the architect Kengo Kuma visited the Yoyogi National Gymnasium with his father. The building’s parabolic roof formed an aperture from which light streamed indoors, and the young Kuma watched the shafts of light strike the water of the gymnasium’s pool. The light formed a shimmering pattern, and that experience of his visit left a lifelong impression on the young student. That day, Kengo Kuma decided that he wanted to be an architect.
Kuma still speaks of that formative experience, and it is certain that the architect's ethos of moving away from concrete and closer to nature has its roots in that visit, and so, it is no accident that his series of work resides far from the major cities, in the quiet suburban town of Yusuhara, with its lush mountainsides full of cedar trees.