Kengo Kuma completes Chinese spa resort with pixellated stonework

The pieces of multi-tonal stone used to construct this spa resort in southwest China by Kengo Kuma give the complex a pixelated appearance.

The 59,000-square-metre Yunfeng Spa Resort, designed by Kengo Kuma and his Tokyo-based firm, terraces down a mountain outside the city of Tengchong in China’s Yunnan Province.

The resort is constructed from varieties of locally quarried stone, which are fitted together like a mosaic to form the walls and pitched roofs of each of the spa complex’s buildings.

The stones range in colour from light grey to green and dark grey and are arranged so that some pieces protrude away from the surfaces.

Kengo Kuma, who controversially replaced the late Zaha Hadid as the designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium late last year, is also working on a new outpost for the V&A museum in Dundee and a cave-shaped musuem in the Philippines.


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