Kume Sekkei founder Gonkuro Kume studied architecture in the modern rationalism style in Germany and the U.K. during the 1920s. As an architect, he created rich, practical spaces during the dawn of modern architecture in Japan.
Gonkuro's uniqueness lay in the integration of design and technology. He earned his Ph.D. for the study of the Kume-style Earthquake Resistant Wooden Structure, which combines the traditional wooden architecture of Japan with Western rationalism. His rationalism eventually led to the establishment of a firm of specialists with architects at the core.
During Japan's recovery from the World War II, Kume Sekkei began with standardized designs for public housing, which later became a prototype of collective housing. Through these initiatives in creating residential space, Kume Sekkei made a remarkable contribution to community development and urban planning in Japan.
The rational spirit that seeks to integrate design and technology, the viewing of architecture as the interface between people and their environment, and the inquiring mind that seeks to create rich spaces—all of these attributes remain with Kume Sekkei today, as the fundamental philosophy on which architectural designs are created.