TOKYO - Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma has fully embraced cross-laminated timber (CLT) in its newly built temporary pavilion in Tokyo.
 
Appearing to spiral up into the sky, the semi-outdoor pavilion was built with a steel frame and 8-inch-thick CLT panels measuring around 5 feet by 11 feet. The pavilion was designed for events and performances in Tokyo's Harumi district.
 
To prevent rain and wind while taking in light, Kengo Kuma utilized transparent high-performance fluoresin film called TEFKA to fill the spaces between panels. Kengo says TEFKA is the ideal material for relocation and reconstruction, as its lighter than glass and extremely pliable.
 
The CLT used for the project is made from Hinoki cypress at a factory in Maniwa City, Japan.
 
Photos by Kawasumi ・ Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

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