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Project Summary

High-Tech Low-Tech

Sustainable research center featuring traditional woodworking methods

The French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) has an extensive library housed in a new building on a narrow site surrounded by neighboring buildings on three sides. Equipped with the most advanced technological features, the structure offers a prime example of sustainable development in modern construction.

Concurrently, time-honored Japanese woodworking methods were deployed, allowing the building to be erected rapidly.

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Combining high-tech and low-tech construction in contemporary building practice
“Sustainability? Balancing between tradition and new techniques” – Manuel Tardits
Acknowledgement prizes for responsive approach in Japan
“A manifesto in its own right that merges modern state-of-the-art technology with traditional artisanship” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Asia Pacific
Project Details
Kyoto, Japan
Benoît Jacquet
Main Author
Benoît Jacquet
EFEO, Japan
Manuel Tardits
Main Author
Manuel Tardits
Mikan, Japan
Kiwako Kamo
Further Author
Kiwako Kamo
Mikan , Japan
Acknowledgement prize 2014
Asia Pacific
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Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Asia Pacific
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Asia Pacific

Five equally-ranked Acknowledgement prizes were presented for the region Asia Pacific. The prizes winners: Madhusudhan …

“Sustainability? Balancing between tradition and new techniques” – Manuel Tardits
“Sustainability? Balancing between tradition and new techniques” – Manuel Tardits

Manuel Tardits of Mikan in Yokohama views the key point of his team’s Acknowledgement prize-winning project is the …

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