The Japanese architect has travelled to Logroño to follow up on the project for the future headquarters of Bosonit, together with the Logroño architect and partner of Kengo Kuma & Associates, Javier Villar, and the founder of Bosonit, Miguel Fernández.
During his visit, Kuma gave a talk entitled "Urban Acupunctures", in which he discussed projects that are catalysts for the regeneration of the places where they are located.
The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, responsible for the Bosonit advanced technology centre project, has travelled to Logroño to monitor the work on the building. The founder of the Kengo Kuma & Associates studio was accompanied by the Logroño architect and partner, Javier Villar, and the president and founder of Bosonit, Miguel Fernández.
During his official visit to the capital of La Rioja, Kengo Kuma gave a lecture at the Espacio Lagares entitled "Urban acupunctures" (?Urban acupunctures?), which has been an opportunity to tackle catalytic projects for the regeneration of the places where they have been located. The Japanese architect presented some of the works that Kengo Kuma & Associates has developed around the world and emphasised that "in all of them they deal with natural, traditional materials of the area and always try to create an architecture on a human scale, transmitting a sensation of intimacy to improve the urban spaces in which they are located".
The beginning of the presentation focused on the project for the building that will house the future headquarters of the advanced technology services consultancy firm. The main interest of the architectural proposal is based on understanding the Bosonit project in its urban context, using traditional materials such as local stone and improving the landscape qualities of the place where it is located," he said. Kuma also remarked that "this project is capable of creating a new way of working and dynamising the Old Quarter of Logroño by creating a harmonious contrast between the new and the old".
In this respect, he emphasised how architecture is capable of promoting qualitative changes in the place where it is installed, because beyond its own quality, it represents a commitment to the improvement of a specific area. The architectural proposal for the future headquarters of Bosonit is adapted to the place where it is located, trying to be as horizontal a building as possible, controlling its heights inside the Old Town and rising in height as it approaches the river," he explained.
Future Bosonit headquarters
The project of the Bosonit's future headquarters It will have 5,500 m2 of usable built area and more than 2,200 m2 of public space for use by the city, including a freely accessible panoramic terrace that will create a new view of the capital of La Rioja.
In addition to the participatory and public dimension, the idea is that this project will create direct investment in La Rioja and generate employment. It has been conceived as a unique, multifunctional space with offices, training rooms, an innovation laboratory, a business incubator and a student residence.
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kengo Kuma founded Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. In 2021, the Japanese architect was considered one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. He is currently a university professor and professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo.
Kuma proposes an architecture that opens up new relationships between nature, technology and human beings. KKAA projects are currently underway in more than 30 countries.