Panels & Furniture Asia Jul/Aug 2020

July / August 2020, Issue 4 | Panels & Furniture Asia 52 | DESIGN Unfolding an origami coup de maître The roof frame is a breathtaking feature that takes after an origami, transforming the interior into an expressive and expansive space with a cascade of “folds” styled with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. This is a building where the architects want people to look up and be awed. A s a structural screw manufacturer for wooden buildings, SYNEGIC Co., Ltd envisioned an advanced architectural design that can expand on the possibilities of modern wooden structures when the company was planning for its new office building, located in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan. Fumie Horikoshi and Yoshinori Hasegawa, the architects from UENOAU, proposed a plan for several mixed spaces that are open so that employees can see each other. The roof frame is a breathtaking feature that takes after an origami, transforming the interior into an expressive and expansive space with a cascade of “folds” styled with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. This is a building where the architects want people to look up and be awed. THE ROOF With the roof frame touching the ground at four points, no pillar is required, bestowing a largely unobstructed space to the ground floor. Led by the topographical features of the dynamic roof frame, the overall design relates closely to the roof – there are places in the building where the roof is within reach and people can touch; there are spots where the roof frame can be viewed in its fully constructed glory and visitors can appreciate the beauty and finesse of the design. The three-dimensional roof shape is formed by connecting flat trusses made of laminated timber with a width of 105 cm (the most common dimension in Japanese houses) with triangular CLT panels. By using CLT panels for fastening flat trusses,

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