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Kikukawa's factory crew (Photo by Kohei Take)

Transforming buildings into icons

Japanese metalworker Kikukawa's precision skills wow star architects

Kenji Hall | Japan

Columns, roofs, doorways, walls and ramps are those vital bits of buildings that rarely draw attention. They’re sup­posed to be functional but who says they have to be generic? The question has led a growing list of architects and designers to make the pilgrimage to a factory in a gritty part of Shiroi, a city near the east­ern edge of Tokyo.

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