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Halftecture O / Shuhei Endo

  • 01:00 - 31 December, 2008
Halftecture O / Shuhei Endo
Halftecture O / Shuhei Endo

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Shuhei Endo
  • Structure System

    Suspended Steel Sheet
  • Principal Use

    Public Lavatory
  • Constructed Area

    103 sqm
  • Area

    580.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. This work of architecture consists of a single flat steel sheet made of anticorrosive steel. Truss-shaped structural walls composed of 25mm-thick steel sheet have been set at the right and left ends, and a catenary curve made of 16mm- thick steel sheet spans the 20m gap between these support points.

Toilet booths have been set in the open space obtained below. The outer faces of the right and left walls, upon which the roof has been placed, and inclined toward each other, and during construction the shapes were fixed and joined after they had twisted and warped under the effects of gravity.

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Ramses · May 12, 2013

Nice work i like it a lot.
Don't forget that its ultimately the boundary conditions that determines the shape, as with most tensile structures. I was a little worried about ponding on the surface until I saw it had been made hyparshaped. Would have been nice also to see some sizes on foundations and the detailing etc. since its a nice piece of engineering art.

denisa marinescu · May 29, 2010

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M. · January 05, 2009

I love it!
More for the details inside than for the steel sheet.

Sinking Cities · January 01, 2009

Shuhei Endo has been busy lately! I've always enjoyed the simplicity of his work. This is the steel version of Alvaro Siza's concrete Portuguese National Pavilion.

fino · January 01, 2009

Nicely done.

That is all.

Contemporary Art · December 31, 2008

It's a nice shape, but it's actually not so exciting to me for some reason.

xing · December 31, 2008

Fortunately, snow never happens in Osaka.
the city of Osaka is in an almost humid-warmer climate. in a year, highest temp is 22.4 °C, lowest temp is 14.2 °C, annual rainfall is around 132.9 mm.

Thus, if this light structure could respond to this ample precipitation, like water harvestation system, for the toilet-washoff, that would be a potential idea.

allVishal · December 31, 2008

I have a small, nagging worry about a lot of snow falling on the roof (but surely they've thought of that); otherwise I like this very, very much.

C.K. Avangado · December 31, 2008

Wow what a great construction i´d like to take a ... nevermind ;)


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