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Elevated Wooden Viewing Deck in Heart of Tokyo

Kevin Bews

By Kevin Bews

SPF Manager

May 2, 2012

Famous Japanese designer, Tadashi Kawamata constructs a wooden viewing deck at a small park in the heart of Tokyo along the Sumida River. This project is one of a series of objects that was commissioned for the TOKYO IN PROGRESS exhibition. The deck’s platform, railing and bench components were made from SPF dimension lumber, while the supporting structural columns and beams are Douglas-fir. The elevated deck has room for about 20 persons to enjoy the scenery in the park where the object is located and also great views of the various water craft making their way up and down the Sumida River that runs through the city to Tokyo Bay. The deck is a temporary structure that will be in place for approximately one year.