For Milan Design Week 2013, Kengo Kuma brought his Japanese-inspired trademark style of transparency and lightness from the natural environment to the city center. In “Naturescape for Urban Stories,” Kuma envisions a natural space set within the bustle of the crowded urban area of Milan.

For Milan Design Week 2013, Kengo Kuma brought his Japanese-inspired trademark style of transparency and lightness from the natural environment to the city center. In “Naturescape for Urban Stories,” Kuma envisions a natural space set within the bustle of the crowded urban area of Milan.

Stonescape by Kengo Kuma. Cascading stone strata formed a series of undulating curves around the room. Pools of water formed at some of the lowest levels, while others contained clusters of bamboo trees planted in gravel.

Stonescape by Kengo Kuma. Cascading stone strata formed a series of undulating curves around the room. Pools of water formed at some of the lowest levels, while others contained clusters of bamboo trees planted in gravel.

There's an urban legend that's been circulating for years about a taxi cab that doesn't take you where you want to go, but where you need to go. One night, you step into this cab. More

There's an urban legend that's been circulating for years about a taxi cab that doesn't take you where you want to go, but where you need to go. One night, you step into this cab. More

West Seattle Townhomes  A series of efficient and modern three-story townhouses designed for urban living.

West Seattle Townhomes A series of efficient and modern three-story townhouses designed for urban living.

Bamboo trees sprouted up around a topographical landscape of stone and water at this installation created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

Bamboo trees sprouted up around a topographical landscape of stone and water at this installation created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

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