Thinking about the optimal use of wood
Wood is a traditional and, at the same time, one of the most advanced materials. We know that wood is a fantastic material, but do not yet know how it should be utilized in the best possible way. Our main research target is the optimal use of wood for building. We are tackling issues regarding the use of wood in the forest, production, construction, deconstruction and waste management, to reach the target. In terms of the sustainable development of our society, wood has an important role to play as a promising resource.
Design practice based on research outcomes
Since architecture is a practical science, we are also aiming to apply research outcomes to building design work. We try to demonstrate the research findings not only through scientific reports, but also by applying our findings to the construction of real buildings.
In addition, as D.I.Y. is a very good learning process for architecture, we are trying to build opportunities to construct something ourselves into our research practice. Wood is an especially tricky material due to its naturally occurring variations. Therefore, it is very important to touch and think about it with our hands. There is no better learning method than practice.