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Platform Frame Midrise Gaining Momentum in Tokyo Market

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Director, Canada Wood Japan

October 11, 2016

The Rakuwa 4 storey elderly care facility under construction in Tokyo’s central Bunkyo Ward

The Rakuwa 4 storey elderly care facility under construction in Tokyo’s central Bunkyo Ward

In early October, Canada Wood visited the Rakuwa 4 storey elderly care facility under construction in Tokyo’s central Bunkyo Ward. The project’s basement and first floor are constructed of reinforced concrete with floors 2, 3 and 4 made with 2×4 platform frame fireproof construction. The total floor area is 5,370m2, of which, approximately 60% is wood frame construction. Having gained experience in constructing numerous 2 and 3 storey platform frame elderly care facilities, the project builder’s, Mr. Tatsukami of Yamamura Co., Ltd., expressed growing optimism at the market potential for 4, 5 and 6 storey PFC midrise buildings. Mr. Tatsukami cited rising urban land values and the need to efficiently develop building lots in sustainable construction methods as positive tailwinds for PFC midrise in urban centers. To date a total of 68 platform frame fireproof mid-rise 4 and 5 storey buildings have been built in Japan.