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Midply Use Adopted in Second High Profile Midrise Project

Hidehiko Fumoto

By Hidehiko Fumoto

Deputy Director and Manager Technical Services, Canada Wood Japan

October 11, 2016


Rendering of the award winning 5 storey structure that will adopt the Canadian Midply system.

In 2010, MLIT implemented an awards program “Innovative Sustainability Award”, for large scale projects promoting substantial wood use, leading to an effective measure of CO2 sequestration. The first building to win the MLIT Innovative Sustainability Award utilized the midply shear wall system.

With Canada Wood Tokyo’s continued focus on technical work and promotion of the Midply shear wall system for use in Japan’s midrise and large scale structures market, we are encouraged to learn a second award winning 5 storey structure in Toshima City, Tokyo, will be adopting Midply.  This project will be undertaken by Yokohama based Asami Homes, the architectural designer and builder of the project.  The project will entail a total floor area of 1,005 m2 with the exterior design inspired by typical Parisian midrise buildings.  This 5-storey building will entail four levels of wood frame construction above a ground level reinforced concrete parkade.  The second storey will be commercial space, rental apartments on the third and fourth levels and the top floor to be owner occupied.

The wood assemblies will be provided by Mitsui Home Component, which also supplied the structural components for the largest 2×4 building in Japan, Hanahata Asukaen, the first Midply project.  The project also features damping devices called “VAX”, rarely used with the combination of seismic energy-dissipating shear walls. It is anticipated the building permit will be submitted in November with construction expected to start in January 2017 and completion in March of 2018.