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Japanese Precut Timber Construction

Japanese Precut Timber Construction

A recent example of this fully automated technology at work is Bakoko’s Onjuku Beach House, which was erected in 1 day by a small construction team led by two carpenters. What is truly amazing, besides the ability to assemble a house in one day is, the ease and precision of the construction.


It all starts at the factory, where the architectural drawings are turned into shop drawings that the computers can read. From here, the raw wood goes through a series of mills and routers, labeled, and finally packaged for shipping off to the site. Once the wood pieces arrive at the construction site, the collection of milled beams and columns can be read and assembled like a puzzle. Mortises and tenons fit together perfectly which allows joints to be fully exposed and embraced in the architectural aesthetic of the building. Furthermore, this method preserves the age-old tradition of detailing and construction with wood for future generations to appreciate.


Check out the video to see the manufacturing process and construction in action.


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Cite: Tim Winstanley. "Japanese Precut Timber Construction" 19 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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