Beam House by Hugo Kohno Architect Associates

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                                <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Beam House</a> is a residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hugo Kohno Architect Associates</a>. Situated on a narrow lot, the building houses a gallery on the main floor, and occupies residents on the second and third floors. The client requested that the gallery have a glass facade to allow good visibility from the street, and be a single open space to ensure flexibility to allow for future changes in use.
As such, the clients required a separate entrance to the second-floor residential area, as well as a design that required no structural walls on the first floor. Due to its wooden structure, load-bearing walls are necessary between beams, with a particularly large number needed on lower floors. Using a wooden portal-style Rahmen frame toward the front of the building, the architects were able to render the load-bearing walls unnecessary. By inserting open steel-truss frames in the center of the
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