Exposed frame breaks up space

Meiken HQ in Maniwa, Japan by NKS Architects

When Japanese engineered wood company Meiken Lamwood commissioned a new head office, the result brought all the company’s employees under one roof, instead of being spread across several sites. However, the building also serves as an impressive showcase for just what can be achieved with wood.

The transparent southerly façade and small rooflights illuminate the building’s interior, while the east and west façades are lined with CLT and finished with exterior cladding in furfurylated pine. The defining feature of the design is a latticework of interior glulam beams. The V-shaped roofs in exposed CLT top off the diagonal lattice structure.

The building comprises two floors with an atrium in the middle and workspaces arranged around it, all separated by the recurring lattice.


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