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Project: "CRANKS"
Company:HUGO KOHNO ARCHITECT ASSOCIATES
Designer(s): Hugo Kohno,HUGO KOHNO ARCHITECT ASSOCIATES, Japan
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Entry Description: The client requested a concrete house. The ground condition around this area is very poor and soft. If building a 3-story reinforced concrete building, we would need to install pile foundations driven deep into the support layer, which would be unrealistic due to the large construction cost. In order to decrease the weight of the building, we adopted the composite structural system comprised of reinforced concrete outer shell and conventional timber infill including interior walls and floors. The shell bears all horizontal loads including seismic and wind loads, allowing for free planning of infill components without bearing walls. We installed “cranks” on vertical outer walls to prevent deformation of the reinforced concrete outer shell caused by a lack of slabs or beams in the middle level and to make it structurally stable. These “cranks” are structural members, but they are also utilized as ribs, counters, eaves and for other purposes.

About the Designer/Company
1969 Born in Tokyo
 1995 Graduate from Musashino Art University, Architectural Department
 1995 Kunihiko Hayakawa Architect & Associates
 1998 Assistant at Musashino Art University
 2002 Established Hugo Kohno Architect Associates 2003 Part-time instructor in Musashino Art University 2011 Part-time instructor in Tokyo Denki University First Class Architect of Japan Member Of: CASBEE certified buildings The Institute of Architects Tokyo Society of Architects and Building Engineers Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms