buildingLandscape


The name buildingLandscape refers to what we design – buildings and outdoor spaces.

It is also an expression of our intentions to design not only the space and time for events and other occurrences, but buildings that are like topographies, which are timeless and definitively impact the places they create.

Although the buildings, products and events that we are able to create are but small specks as seen from society as a whole, we still strive to make proposals that can spread back out into society.


 



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Architect




Satoru Yamashiro


Architect


山代悟

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Our Mission



Research
and
Development


As architects, we develop new architectural designs in collaboration with businesses and universities; this includes our involvement in the research and development of materials and construction methods for realizing mass timber buildings in LVL and CLT.


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Project
Design


We open architectural design to the public though our urban design workshop called CitySwitch – a participatory workshop organized to create things and events by gathering together and exchanging knowledge – as well as our skills in workshop facilitation.


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Overseas
Construction
Projects


Through our participation in university education and workshops abroad, we have also actively engaged in overseas projects. In China, we have constructed a local stadium and two elementary schools.


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Our Projects



 
Miyamura Veterinary Clinic

Miyamura Veterinary Clinic


This was an architectural design project that suggests the possibilities of mass timber buildings through its use of mokuso (layered wood) walls with semi-fireproof qualities in a load-bearing wooden wall structure; buildingLandscape was involved in the development of these walls as well. A conventional frame is combined with thick LVL boards and an LVL board structure stands symbolically on the main elevation to the south. The 150mm-thick, layered LVL surface is exposed on the inside, and on the outside, a 30mm-thick LVL finish is applied to the LVL structural skeleton.

Prototype for low-cost CLT construction

Prototype for low-cost CLT construction


This was a CLT building prototype meant to popularize the material and was selected by the Forestry Agency’s subsidization program (『CLT等新たな製品・技術活用建築物実証事業』- Demonstration projects for buildings using new products/technologies such as CLT). Incorporating CLT load-bearing walls and seismic walls into a conventional frame structure simplifies structural calculations and improves workability. At the same time, universally available metal fittings for houses were used as fittings between the members to reduce costs. The project has made its mark on Japan’s CLT architecture roadmap.

LWB Bando-bashi

LWB Bando-bashi


In this project, wooden spaces using layered LVL walls – a material that buildingLandscape has been experimenting with in terms of construction methods and spaces – were developed in a three-dimensional fashion. In this project, we took on two challenges: 1. Developing a construction method of creating layered LVL panels that can be attached to a frame; 2. Not only creating LVL panels that adhere to existing laws on semi-fireproof buildings, but also designing sections of the exterior walls in which the panels also play a structural role.
Ganjingzi Stadium

Ganjingzi Stadium


This was a renovation project for a deteriorating stadium in the Ganjingzi District in Dalian City, Liaoning, China. It is a space for youths to hold training camps and go through athlete training. At the same time, it is a public space that is open to the local community, and it is used to host the community’s sport meets. The key elements to this design included circulation appropriate to the unique site conditions and a symbolic wall in the spectators’ seating area designed to represent the stadium as a space for public activities, in addition to the client’s requests for minimal costs and speedy construction.

Omotenashi Station on Sinmon-dori

Omotenashi Station on Sinmon-dori


In this project, the old shophouses along the approach to Izumo Shrine were reborn with a new design through the CitySwitch machizukuri (community building) workshop. We strove to create a place for people to interact with one another by going one step beyond the conventional visitor’s center and thinking about how the local community can welcome visitors to the area (omotenashi) — and then putting this into practice. LVL is used on a portion of the interior walls and burned cedar is used for the exterior.

Yingchengzi Central Elementary School

Yingchengzi Central Elementary School


In this project, the old shophouses along the approach to Izumo Shrine were reborn with a new design through the CitySwitch machizukuri (community building) workshop. We strove to create a place for people to interact with one another by going one step beyond the conventional visitor’s center and thinking about how the local community can welcome visitors to the area (omotenashi) — and then putting this into practice. LVL is used on a portion of the interior walls and burned cedar is used for the exterior.

Y CLINIC

Y CLINIC


For this project, we renovated one of the rooms in an office building in Yurakucho into a clinic. Due to the unique treatments that would be required by sleep and respiratory medicine, the demands for this project included securing the privacy of the clinic’s users and creating an environment in which patients can undergo medical exams and checkups in a relaxed state.