Location: Okayama, Japan
Architects: Niji Architects
Niji Architects developed a cross-braced timber frame made from Douglas fir columns with a section of 120 by 120 mm, and beams of 180 by 120 mm, which support a corrugated metal roof. One side of the building is covered in full-height glazing, which is fixed directly to the timber frame using plywood battens. Translucent glass on the opposite facade provides privacy while allowing more light to reach the interior. The detailing and materials used are intentionally designed to appear unrefined.