Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Crossing

Project Info

with Kengo Kuma and Associates
Portland, Oregon
29,350 sf
Completed 2017
LEED Gold (pending)

Tokyo based Kengo Kuma and Associates developed the vision and design for the expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden, with Hacker serving as the local partner. The inspired design blends traditional Japanese design with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

An enhanced entrance will better welcome visitors and will feature a water garden to mark the beginning of the transition from the city to the tranquility of the Garden. A lively cultural space will be situated outside of the main Garden to preserve the peace and tranquility of the historic Garden itself. The cultural village will feature the new Tateuchi Courtyard, Village House, and Tea Café – allowing for more activities and gathering. The Village House will house art gallery spaces, a multi-purpose classroom, administrative offices, gift shop, and the Vollum Library – a comprehensive resource on Japanese gardening and related arts. The Tea Café will provide a place to rest and refresh, while experiencing Japanese tradition.

The existing Garden will stay intact and unchanged, enhanced by seven new landscaped areas including a moss hillside garden, a bonsai terrace, and the Bill de Weese chabana garden, which will be the first of its kind in North America.

All images courtesy of Kengo Kuma and Associates.


AIA Portland Honor Award
ENR Northwest Best Projects: Project of the Year