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ISSHO Architects' Okinawa House Has a Reinforced Timber Frame

 - Apr 20, 2017
References: shinminka-villa & dezeen
Japan's Okinawa region is fecund and beautiful, but it's also highly susceptible to receiving the brunt force of typhoons, which is why ISSHO Architects has designed a home specifically to weather those brutal storms. The design features a thick timber frame with angled support beams that add strength to the home despite interior walls made entirely of glass.

Part of the cleverness of ISSHO Architects' building is that it transfers the load bearing aspects of the home out over the veranda. Typically, homes built with natural disasters in mind place braces parallel to the walls. With ISSHO's engineering, the walls are relieved of that pressure, expanding the home's sight lines and allowing for more natural light to penetrate it.