kazuya morita builds wooden lattice frame structure for archive library in kyoto

kazuya morita builds wooden lattice frame structure for archive library in kyoto

kazuya morita design office has built a two-story wooden lattice structure in kyoto, designed to house the asada archives library. reflecting the library’s collection, which focuses on human rights and the support of socially repressed people, the building is made out of inexpensive 9-cm-square cypress wood, which is usually considered too weak and small to be used in constructions.

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through the multiple layers of overlapping wood in the thick lattice frame, kazuya morita design office has created a strong visual identity for the library. each 9-cm piece of cypress square wood used has a length of only 3 to 4 meters, and to avoid a cross-sectional loss of material, the architects have chosen to use long screws to fix them together instead of using the traditional lapping method. contrasting the the wooden lattice frame, the building’s  concrete foundation provides support for the entire structure while acting as thermal storage, stabilizing the temperature of the indoor environment and minimizing energy consumption.

kazuya morita builds wooden lattice frame structure for archive library in kyoto



the earth walls of the library follow the traditional japanese machiya (town house) and store house architecture, complete with a bamboo base and charred wood covers, which, all together, act as fire barriers and elements to control humidity inside. the central part of the building incorporates the reading room, which is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass to allow plenty of natural light in and create a connection with the street outside.

kazuya morita builds wooden lattice frame structure for archive library in kyoto

kazuya morita builds wooden lattice frame structure for archive library in kyoto




project info:


architect: kazuya morita design office

team: kazuya morita, mariko kodera, shunsuke kimura

structural design: mitsui structural design research institute, mitsuda

design cooperation: kawabata building plan/ satoshi kawabata

structural experiment cooperation: kyoto university research institute for survival zone

lighting design: design office luminosity / yuki ogawa

construction: showa corporation / koji nakamura, masayuki morishita

wood work: miyauchi construction / miyauchi hisashi, sekioka maimi, aizawa yuki

plastering work: plasterer takumi miyabe / miyabe tomoyuki

landscaping: uetai co., ltd. / yukio terashima

painting: boundary painting/ seiji sakai

sheet metal: katsumi construction sheet metal / takahiro katsumi

fittings: yamamoto fitting tool store katsushi yamamoto

lumber: maeda wood / jun maeda

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