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My rugby season is ... over.

I work as an architect while playing rugby. My rugby team participated in the national tournament at Hanazano, Osaka. It had been a long time since I had played rugby there.

We lost the game. We lost against the team who beat us two years ago. Damn it!

I can't help but feel so disappointed, so just forget about it. I'll start training for the next season right now. Try to be able to balance the demands of work and rugby. By the synergistic effect, the both would be improved.

Posted by Masakatsu Nishitani at 00:34Comments(2)


Prefabricated traditional house

In Amagi, south of Fukuoka, we attempt to build a prefabricated traditional Japanese house. It is to attain cost reduction by simplifying the process. The construction is almost completed. Designed by Architecture and Culture Reseach Institute in Kyoto, I'm in charge of design supervision, and have learnt its construction method.

Introduce the process from the beginning. There's no brace and stud between pillars that the nomal wooden house have.

Wood panels have been laid between the rafters. The wood lattice is sandwiched between the plywood. Static air layer between lattice and plywood works as a great insulator. Static air is better insulation than any other insulator. This panel had already been assembled in the factory and then brought in construction site.

After the panels, slightly bent rafters were laid on the roof as a groundwork for roof tiles to make an arch shaped roof.

Those lattice wall will be sandwiched between clay panels and plywoods.

The wall panel, clay panel plus lattice plus plywood has the almost the same strength as double brace. In the nomal house, the double brace is located at every corner of the building, but the above panel covers all over the house. As a result, the builiding has superior earthquake resistance.

To be continued...


Posted by Masakatsu Nishitani at 01:58Comments(0)