Raw oak planks create a stunning facade for Kengo Kuma-designed office at the base of Mont Blanc
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If you’re going to build an office building at the base of a pristine mountain in France, it had better blend seamlessly into the natural environment. Kengo Kuma accomplished just that with the “base camp” for Blue Ice, an outdoor sporting goods specialist. Clad in raw oak planks, the structure mimics the nearby forest so beautifully it almost appears to be a part of the natural scenery. The Blue Ice headquarters seem right at home at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain...