This morning (January 23), Westbank and Peterson hosted a media preview for its Japan Unlayered exhibit at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, which runs from this Friday (January 27) to February 28.
Curated by renowned architect Kengo Kuma and Westbank—frequent collaborators who have partnered on various projects across Vancouver and Tokyo—the free showcase celebrates contemporary Japanese architecture, design, and culture by paying homage to the nation's philosophy of "layering", where overlapping ideas form the basis of an overall experience.
It features a restrospective look at Kuma's nature-driven works, including museums, monuments, and performing-art halls, and two special pop-up stores conducted by "no-brand" retailer MUJI, which recently announced plans to open permanent outposts in Vancouver, and leading "select shop" BEAMS.
During the display, the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s RawBar will also be serving a limited number of bento boxes developed by chef Hiromitsu Nozaki, who heads Michelin-star restaurant Waketokuyama. Nozaki and tea master Shinya Sakurai of Tokyo's talked-about Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience will present a nine-course kaiseki—Japanese fine dining—dinner for an exclusive, reseveration-required event on the evening of February 8.
Guests will also find tea-infused cocktails, sake, and Japanese whisky in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge throughout the showcase. A kimono display, washi paper art, and a 130-square-metre organza fabric roof have been installed in the lobby area, too.
"Westbank has evolved into a cultural practice and this exhibition offers a glimpse into a new and interesting part of our world," says Ian Gillespie, founder of Westbank, in an exhibition statement. "We hope you enjoy seeing some of what we are most passionate about at this moment, and that you experience some of the influences that are leading our practice in new and exciting directions."
Curious to see what Japan Unlayered is all about? Scroll through the images below for an exclusive look at the exhibit before it officially opens to the public this Friday (January 27).
Japan Unlayered takes place at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place) from this Friday (January 27) to February 28. Admission to the exhibition is free.