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This is sited in Fukui-city where is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture in Japan. This architecture is the complex of Japanese liquor (sake) shop and two residences for two families who keep liquor shop. Two families are parent family and daughter’s family. The distinctive feature of this architecture is a structural system. It snows a great deal in Fukui-city. The snow that we must consider on designing architecture is two meters deep. However, this is supported by very thin steel flat bar which are around of building. A size of flat bar is 36 mm by 100 mm. Flat bars are weaved as a diamond shape. It becomes easy to do interior planning by this structural system. And, it will be easy to change interior planning in the future by reason of no column in interior space. Another distinctive feature of this architecture is design process by simulation of natural ventilation. Japanese liquor shop is located in the ground floor. The shop interior is designed by using Japanese cedar frames because a traditional sake cask was made of Japanese cedar once upon a time. We get the feeling of nice smell by Japanese cedar frames when we enter in the shop. There is a Japanese lacquered pitch black bar where customers can drink sake as a sample before they buy. Floor color is Japanese red. Shelves are made of rusted steel plates. This architecture seems like a contemporary modern style, on the other hand, it includes Japanese traditional feeling.


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