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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan
Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 3, 2013 @ 9:12 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments
The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the south-facing section of the roof circulates solar gain, which pushes through floor vents to keep the facility warm during winter. The roof also has a rainwater harvesting system .
Clad in heat-treated cedar that is expected to ensure the timber’s longevity, the school is designed to look like twelve different terraced houses . In part this is achieved with different kinds of linings, including siding work, louvers and Yamato-bari (wood panels arranged with its side slightly layered onto the next one), according to the architects.
A giant bulletin board inside is made with recycled materials and an atrium connects the three levels . Open, breezy and yet private, this gorgeous school creates a lovely atmosphere conducive to learning despite the hustle and bustle of urban life outside.
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 Kengo Kuma: http://kkaa.co.jp/works/teikyo-university-elementary-school/
 recognized architects in Japan: http://inhabitat.com/tag/kengo-kuma/
 rainwater harvesting system: http://inhabitat.com/rainwater-recycling-pet-tree-makes-urban-gardening-a-breeze/
 terraced houses: http://inhabitat.com/new-green-roofed-school-in-copenhagen-literally-stands-in-the-harbor/
 an atrium connects the three levels: http://inhabitat.com/tag/atrium/
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