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This building was designed to be a 'Guest house with an attached art gallery'. The construction method involved placing several prefabricated boat-shaped shells at the construction site, and then creating a space by connecting them with a roof. From a structural standpoint, one characteristic of the curved shell construction is its resistance to horizontal stress (a result which has been experimentally confirmed). The boat-shaped structural elements are used to enclose stairways, toilets and other functions. We have named our method the "CSS (Container Structure System)". CSS can be used with wood or steel frame construction where prefabrication is most convenient, and it allows 3-dimensional curved surfaces to be created easily, making it possible to build spaces of various shapes at low cost.
Lisa Okada, Principal, Satoshi Okada architects
Satoshi Okada, associate professor, University of Shiga Prefecture
architect: Satoshi Okada, associate professor, University of Shiga Prefecture structural designer: Hirokazu Touki, associate professor, University of Shiga Prefecture
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