March 24, 2021 - The Kita is the first luxury multi-family project in Japan entirely designed by Kengo Kuma, the award-winning architect behind the Japan National Stadium, created for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the Nezu Museum in Tokyo’s Minato district.
Kuma has worked with Vancouver-based developer Westbank on several projects in Canada and the US. For the Kita, he’s created a “light well” that surrounds the building, with a slatted metal screen as the facade that allows residents to see out, as well as protecting them from the gaze of passers-by. The building has 11 residences, and a one-of-a-kind multi-level penthouse named 'The Kita Tea House'.
The Kita Tea House, features a total of 10,000 square feet of living space spread across three levels, half of which is private outdoor space. It features two private terraces and a roof deck with a 25-foot infinity pool and a tea house, which Kuma will design for the buyer. There are commanding views of the city, the nearby Eternal Forest of the Meiji Shrine and the Meiji Jingu Museum, also designed by Kuma which opened in 2020.
A private design session with Kuma is part of the rare design package. Buyers will be flown to Tokyo to meet the Kuma in his studio, and the residence will be designed to their exact specifications. To make the offering even more distinctive, the Tea House offering includes a Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible that was custom designed by Kuma, his first ever automotive collaboration.