2024 | Professional

NY Architectural Design Awards Silver Winner Winner

Aida Sekkei Precut Division Ibaraki Factory

Entrant Company

MR STUDIO Co., Ltd. + Aida sekkei Co., Ltd. + KAWADA INDUSTRIES, INC.

Category

Commercial Architecture - Industrial Design & Manufacturing Plants

Client's Name

Aida Sekkei Co., Ltd.

Country / Region

Japan

Aida sekkei Co., Ltd., a frontrunner in traditional Japanese timber construction, has designed a new timber processing plant for precut lumber, crucial for crafting high-quality homes. The plant's design philosophy centers on visualizing the timber processing sequence—highlighting the efficiency and precision in cutting high-grade laminated timber while minimizing waste. This approach reflects the builder’s precut method's excellence through the architectural nuances of both the exterior and interior, thereby encapsulating Aida Sekkei's sophisticated identity and its aspirational vision.



Spanning dimensions of 130 meters by 100 meters by 10 meters, the plant’s design strategically adjusts mass sections to introduce a nuanced spatial contrast, enhancing the layout's simplicity and functionality. This design technique facilitates diverse functionalities, including viewing aisles, truck berths with expansive canopies, and office spaces. The office area, representing the plant's forefront, merges spaciousness with structural ingenuity through the use of scissor trusses constructed from smaller-dimension lumber, complemented by 120mm square Japanese cypress pillars and 30mm thick cedar boards for load-bearing walls. These wooden elements, left exposed, double as a showcase for the builder's precut craftsmanship, akin to a showroom.



A standout feature is the nearly 100-meter-long viewing aisle, ensconced within a wooden shell adorned with random stripes, creating the illusion of floating off the factory's wall. This design element, with its emphasis on acceleration and speed, seeks to evoke Aida Sekkei's dynamic evolution towards the future. Through this project, Aida Sekkei not only highlights its commitment to quality and innovation in timber processing but also affirms its role in shaping the future of traditional Japanese timber construction.

Credits

MR STUDIO Co., Ltd.
Nobuaki Miyashita
Holzstra
Masahiro Inayama
Aida Sekkei Co., Ltd.
Takahiro Fujimaki
KAWADA INDUSTRIES, INC.
Kenichiro Maruyama
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