kengo kuma

Kengo Kuma is one of my favourite architects. As you can expect from a Japanese architect, his work is very poetic and well thought out.



Kūkai (空海), also known posthumously as Kōbō-Daishi (弘法大師 The Grand Master Who Propagated the Buddhist Teaching?), 774–835, was a Japanese Buddhist monk, civil servant, scholar, poet, and artist who founded the Shingon or “True Word” school of Buddhism. Shingon followers usually refer to him by the honorific title of Odaishisama (お大師様?) and the religious name of Henjō-Kongō (遍照金剛?).

The mausoleum of Kōbō-Daishi is an amazing experience. After a long pilgrimage one reaches the building which is surrounded by white pebbles. This photo shows the lamps [numbered] representing the souls of the monks who have served at Mount Koya over the last 1400 years. A somewhat breathless experience, and very humbling.


jensen & skodvin

Jensen & Skodvin are a Norwegian firm of Architects. You may have seen one of their buildings in a movie called Ex Machina.


peter zumthor

Peter Zumthor (born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect whose work is frequently described as uncompromising and minimalist. Though managing a relatively small firm, he is the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

I don’t see his work as minimalist. His work is carefully considered and materials are treated with respect and an understanding of their inherent character. He uses unique building techniques.