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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The JST Product Complex in Tsuyama, Japan by Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates

October 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates

Origami is a Japanese traditional craft of paper folding.

The pillars are made of folded steel plates like Origami.

“Circle” consist of units of pillars sorted continuously enable this structure to bear vertical load and make multi-storied large space and resists earthquakes plastically. Also “Core wall” which surrounds the Central Void improves earthquake-resistance.

Image Courtesy Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates

  • Architects: Osamu Morishita Architects & Associates
  • Project: The JST Product Complex
  • Location: Tsuyama, Japan
  • s: Osamu Morishita Architect & Associates, Osaka-shi, Japan
  • Client / Developer: Mrs Miyoko Nishimoto, J.S.T. Global Headquarters, Singapore
  • Environmental Engineer: Mr Yoshihiro Endo, Kentiku Setsubi Sekkei, Kenkyusyo Japan
  • Interior Designer: Miss Kazuko Fujie, Fujie Kazuko Atelier Co., Ltd. Japan
  • Landscape Architect: Mr Hiroki Kutsuna, E-Design, Japan
  • Structural Engineer: Mr Kouki Kaneda, Kenchiku Kozo Kikaku & K’s Kozo, Sekkei, Japan
  • General Contracter: Kajima Corporation, Japan

The “Central Void” leads various vertical traffic lines (elevators carrying 88 persons, sloped walks, stairs, and so on), the lighting and the ventilation to the spaces. Large space between “Circle” and “Core wall” is for main functions, factories and warehouses and so on. The spaces for subordinate functions like offices, dining halls, dormitories and meeting spaces are shaped into sloped floors “Ring” connecting stories around “Circle”. This layout enhances the access between large space and others.

JST is one of the biggest electric connector manufacturers over the world.

This is JST’s mother factory located in a beautiful mountainous area in Japan. The employees working oversea are gathering here for their training.

Also “Circle” works as the vertical route of the facilities like pipes, ducts and electric cables. The heat of air conditioning is reused through ducts. The folding structure is covered with the easy glass screen so that the buffer’s air will work to make the perimeters environment comfortable by exhausting or storing heated air with sunshine. Double skin of the curtain wall of “Ring” will work also.

This is the hybrid architectural system which combines structure and facilities.

Speed is the metaphor.
Under construction.

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