Traditional Japanese Architecture Reborn: Digital Construction Pioneer - Akiyoshi Koki
With traditional Japanese carpentry on the decline, young architect Akiyoshi Koki is rejuvenating age-old construction approaches through digital fabrication technology like laser cutting and 3D printing. From award-winning reimaginings of traditional homes, to the promotion of local timber production and consumption cycles using digital equipment, and unique online platforms for ordering pre-cut furniture and even homes, he is breathing new life into both the construction and forestry sectors.
This 21st century reimagining of traditional Gassho-zukuri housing won multiple awards
His approach represents a modern update on traditional construction techniques
A prototype for another modern spin on traditional snow-resistant housing from northern Japan
Like all of Akiyoshi's designs, this project in Akita Prefecture uses in-depth digital modelling