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co民家筑北lab - vol.8 -


あけましておめでとうございます。本年も、エムティーケーアーキテクツ、そしてこのブログ”刻 - TOKI”をよろしくお願い致します。











Crafting a new story with the CORE FRAME at the heart of renewal.

Happy New Year!

We look forward to working with you again this year at M.T.K. Architects and on our blog "TOKI".

2024 has had a challenging start. My heart goes out to all those affected by the earthquakes in eastern Japan in 2011 and Noto in 2024. The grief is beyond words. I sincerely hope that the day will soon come when we can overcome this situation and embrace new hope.

Now, let me provide an update on the construction site of Chikuhoku-mura Shinshu Kizukurikobo, "Chikuhoku Lab," which we haven't talked about for a while. Construction paused since the end of last year, has resumed. After completing the bearer work of the timber structure, the site took a break during the holiday period. Since the end of the year, work has been progressing on the installation of columns and beams based on the new plan. Insulation has been installed between the bearer and the floor joists, and 24mm structural plywood has been used to maintain the rigidity of the floor.

The focus then shifted to the heart of this regeneration plan - the creation of the 'New Core Frame'. This new frame is integrated into the old structure, strengthening it for earthquake resistance. The New Core Frame is designed as a cube 2.73m wide (1.5 ken) and 3.64m deep (2 ken), roughly the size of a 6 tatami mat. It will be completely covered with structural plywood to act as earthquake-resistant walls. Insulation material will be filled in the wall to the thickness of the columns.

The photograph shows the Core Frame in its assembled state. The newly installed concrete foundation is firmly anchored under the bearer, while the upper beams are firmly tied to the old structure. This new core serves to support the very old one.

The contrast between old and new is fascinating. The plan is to maintain the existing structure without repainting, leaving it in its original state. Of course, it will be thoroughly cleaned to enhance its beauty.

A big thank you to the carpenters who work tirelessly in the cold. Their hands are essential to the success of this project.

The dynamics of the site change daily. I hope to continue to provide regular updates through this blog.

I wish you all the very best for the New Year!




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