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Post-pandemic happiness isn't living in a skyscraper: architect Kengo Kuma

Traditional Japanese homes that mix indoor and outdoor space will regain traction, he says

A Kengo Kuma-designed building in Japan's Iwate Prefecture uses a traditional method of layering wood. (Photo by Shigeru Aoki)

TOKYO -- Kengo Kuma realized architecture was his calling when he saw at age 10 the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, a 1964 Summer Olympics venue designed by renowned predecessor Kenzo Tange. More than half a century later, he took part in designing the Japan National Stadium, to be used for the summer games next year.

The stadium is a hybrid structure of reinforced concrete and lumber designed to match the adjacent Meiji Jingu Gaien park, echoing Kuma's vision for architecture that blends in with the surrounding environment and culture.

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