The Showa Gakuin Elementary School in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture, proudly unveils its West Wing, a wooden marvel constructed using the innovative Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) method by the globally acclaimed NIKKEN SEKKEI firm. This project reflects a commitment to environmental consciousness, integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its construction approach.
The newly erected West Wing is a sanctuary of natural materials, predominantly utilizing Japanese cedar and cypress to create a learning environment enveloped in the timber's inherent aroma and warmth. This structure stands as a testament to child safety and comfort, fostering a serene and conducive educational atmosphere.
Prioritizing the wood's innate properties of moisture exchange and tactile appeal, Osmo coatings have been meticulously applied to both the interior and exterior woodwork. The interior benefits from a brighter ambiance that accentuates the wood's natural grain. Moreover, the European Oak flooring, supplied by Osmo, is safeguarded with Osmo Polyx-Oil ensuring durability and longevity.
To explore the Showa Gakuin West Wing and its architectural splendor further:
- For a visual journey, view photographs by Harunori Noda [Gankosha].
- Discover the school's heritage and architectural philosophy at Showa Gakuin Elementary School.
- Delve into the design narrative and expertise of Nikken Sekkei Ltd Nikken Wood Lab, spearheaded by Takuya Oba and Mayumi Matsumaru, at Nikken Sekkei Ltd.