WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 winner, Kamikatz House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Kamikatsu architecture, zero waste architecture, zero waste building in Japan

The small yet ambitious Japanese town of Kamikatsu has achieved an 80% recycling rate and residents sort their waste into 34 categories. The Kamikazt Public House embraces the zero waste mission in its design, particularly with its eye-catching eight-meter-tall window wall made from a hodgepodge of windows reclaimed from nearby abandoned houses. The eight-meter-tall window wall and other openings bring in cool breezes in the summer, while a carbon-neutral radiation heater warms the structure in winter.

WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 winner, Kamikatz House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Kamikatsu architecture, zero waste architecture, zero waste building in Japan

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The building is filled with creative displays of reuse, including reclaimed tiles for the flooring, a bottle chandelier, and newspapers upcycled into wallpaper. The exterior is clad in locally produced and reclaimed cedar boards colored with naturally derived persimmon tannin paint.

WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 winner, Kamikatz House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Kamikatsu architecture, zero waste architecture, zero waste building in Japan

“It’s trying to illustrate architecturally a very strong idea which is to do with zero waste,” said juror and Managing Director at EPR Architects Chris Castle. “There’s a very strong community engagement here, there’s been other buildings for the community, but this is being fed into by the community. There’s also a fantastic integration of the community, with genuine community involvement in the fundamentals of the design which is just great.”

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Images via Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP