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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Today's archidose #507

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Sheet Steel House in Japan by Kenji Kawai, 1966.

Adam Mornement and Simon Halloway, in the 2007 book Corrugated Iron: Building on the Frontier, describe that "Kenji Kawai, an engineer ... in 1957 set himself the challenge of designing a home made only of recycled materials -- he was working in a post-Second World War climate of resource shortages. The outcome was a large oval tube made of sheets of corrugated steel, which sat directly on the ground, without foundations or supporting columns." The authors further indicate that "author, professor and engineer Hiroyuki Suzuki believes that in these houses,
Kawai and [architect Osama] Ishiyama established a tradition in Japan, showing how corrugated steel could be used in architecture. They converted a civil engineering material into a building material and opened up new possibilities in architecture."

See Shuhei Endo's web page for some of the resulting possibilities.

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