two-by-block by A-asterisk
two-by-block by A-asterisk
feb 01, 2010

two-by-block by A-asterisk

two-by-block by A-asteriskall images courtesy of A-asterisk




‘two-by-block’  is a proposal by japanese firm A-asterisk for a small shop in the town of hokkaido. with a floor area of 30 square meters the shop is constructed using leftover scraps of wood. the project involves a special construction method, where the initial structure is built in the winter time using a snow mountain as a base to create the exterior. ‘two – by – block’ was designed as part of the rokkatei competition

two-by-block by A-asterisk offcuts of wood

two-by-block by A-asterisk the wooden pieces are connected with a steel ring

two-by-block by A-asterisk construction method 1: making a small snow mountain in winter

two-by-block by A-asterisk 2: laying two by two blocks, with the small snow mountain as a guide

two-by-block by A-asterisk 3: the snow is dissolved in the spring

two-by-block by A-asterisk the shop is situated over a lake

two-by-block by A-asterisk in the summer time

  • So crazy, it just might work!

    Ian Mayhew says:
  • yeah wright

    bip says:
  • a shop selling what? Architectural maturbation

    Zlot says:
  • cute !

    cath says:
  • I think it is a tea shop. Wonderful idea, with the stream running through it. It is very Buckminster Fuller in its forward, imaginative thinking and, of course, shape.

    janjamm says:
  • Amazed at the jaded and envious comments that are so easy to make. I agree w/ janjamm.

    j muir says:
  • I shaw huff and puff and blow the house down

    the green bleeper says:
  • People seem to think that they are clever or witty when they make disparaging comments. I do wonder what they’ve designed/built which has been featured on a site like this.

    Mary Fisher says:
  • The use of materials isn’t suited for the method of structural preparation. The timber used would need to be treated, and even then warping is likely to take effect. Good idea though, I feel the overall aesthetics and use of nature integrated with design will allow the shop to sit beautifully in the surroundings. Not like some of the concrete monstrosities in 1990’s UK high streets.

    Joe Berry says:
  • SuperB ideA….would be great as a Cafe…or a some place where people can meet up and have a chat….
    It’s so eco friendly…
    but hope they all stick together…. after it’s completed

    Keerthan says:
  • i really like the idea, especially the construction method.

    and concerning the warping, would that not just be part of the appeal of the building, it is after all made of scrap wood anyway.

    Mr Vimes says:
  • Would love to see it made! Delicious idea!

    J. Termite says:
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