A Mono Struct Office by Masato Sekiya

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Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

Japanese architect Masato Sekiya has slotted one timber structure inside another to construct a law firm in Nara.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

The building is named Mono Struct Office, as it was built using cyprus planks of a single standard size.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

Individual planks clad parts of the exterior, while groups of two or three are bolted together to provide a structural frame.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

Plaster covers the walls of the outer shell, which houses office workstations.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

The exposed timber inner structure is set at an opposing angle and encloses a kitchen, a storage room and a conference room.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

Horizontal slit windows puncturing the walls of this room provide glimpsed views out to the adjacent road.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

A few projects by Masato Sekiya have been featured on Dezeen, including another building held together by bolts – see that story here, and see all of the stories about Sekiya here.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

Photography is by Yasutake Kondou.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

Here's some more information from Sekiya:


A Mono Struct Office

Planet Creations original concept of monostruct uses a single size of wood plank for all of the wooden construction -- doubling or tripling for strength, and bolting joints with metal parts.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

This office for a legal scrivener is made of two monostructures combined, clasping one into the other.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

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One is a box-like structure of horizontal mono-structs, shortened here and there to form an irregular mozaic of space.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

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The outside monostructure is regularly spaced for simplicity.

Monostruct Office by Masato Sekiya

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  • http://www.cbconstruction-sw.co.uk/ Peter Lofty

    A fantastic design, and I love how they have left all of the wooden beams exposed in the interior when they could have easily put partition walls in or painted them a snazzy, modern colour.

  • edward

    Interesting and inspiring design tho' I wonder about its acoustics.

  • Heidi

    lovely design, the exposed column/beam joints are quite striking- though I'm not a fan of the space lost in limbo between the two roofs

  • tofusand

    speaking to Heidi's comment, I think the 'limbo' effect has a different context when you consider the cramped conditions of many buildings in japan. speaking as one who works in stuffy rooms in japan, i think that to create such airiness in a small office building is masterful