Hannah Appelgren on architecture and materials in Japan
by Etta Blanck
Tell us a bit about yourself, who are you and how come you ended up in Japan?
My name is Hannah Appelgren and works as an architect at Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo. I’ve worked here since 2014 with a short break to finish my master’s degree at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Right now I’m working on an exciting office tower in Dallas that will hopefully break ground at the beginning of next year.
What do you like about Japanese architecture and design and how has it shaped your own style?
What I’ve always liked about Japanese architecture is that it is designed from the inside and out. It’s been easier for me to think that way, especially when I first got started with architecture. And I really like how Japanese architecture, both traditionally and today, is an extension of nature rather than a barrier between inside and out.