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Timbar Frame House with a Curtain Wall

1994 / Tokyo

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This three-floor wooden house stands on limited land and was built with a new wood construction method and uses aluminum curtain wall which adds the spacious perception. This method was adopted rather than the conventional wood-working techniques, which were responsible for the destruction of wooden houses during the Hanshin Earthquake in Kobe. The combination of driftpins and aggregated manufactured wood easily constructs the rigid connection. The use of curtain walls enables any style of exterior works; here, the complicated skylight is realized without any effort. Although this is a whole wood construction, it is intended as an industrially pre-conditioned design.This simple expression of the interior and exterior has attracted great attention.

Architectural Design Commendation of The Architectural Institute of Japan (1998)