Gallery in Kiyosato (Villa With Exhibition Space) by Satoshi Okada
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
Architecture needs to mould itself onto fluctuating social demands, such as the present demographic trends and the decrease of population Japan as elsewhere in the world. The architect is thus inspired to pursue flexibility through innovative structural systems, like the Container Structure System here applied: this is our response to dynamic society of nowadays.
A newly conceived structural system, named Container Structure System, bears the loads of the gallery: it consists of a ship-shaped core in which small spaces encased. This monocoque is realized with inexpensive timber members and veneer panels and assembled with a software. The outcome is a solid and easily expandable shell. Due to its intrinsic dynamism, this system has been further applied in a later project (Agri-Community Center in Shiga) and praised with several prizes and publications.
Design Challenges
Because of its innovative structural features, the design has been validated through multiple tests and full-scale mock ups held in the governmental research center until it eventually complied with the strict safety rules for earthquakes required by the Japanese building law. The Container Structure System thus conceived ensures high reliability while respecting and enhancing the architectural concept that originates the Gallery.
Production Technology
Load bearing technology: Container Structure System, i.e. a timber shell, slender as a long ship, hosts all the spaces of the gallery. Materials: local wood is here the preeminent material, juxtaposed to more precious inserts.
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