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Japan’s Third Largest 2×4 Elderly Care Building Completed

Kevin Bews

By Kevin Bews

SPF Manager

July 5, 2019

Exterior Photo of Nursing Home Tokiwagi Setagaya Nearing Completion

A uniquely designed mid-rise 2×4 nursing home commenced operation on July 1, 2019. It is centrally located in Tokyo’s Setagaya-ward and it will be the third large 2×4 elderly care project to be built in this city in the last three years that is 4-storeys or more. This is a pleasing trend and a hopeful sign that we will see more similar buildings go up here in the future.

The care facility is a 100-room senior multi-care complex that includes a daycare service program for seniors and a nursery to support the parents of young families living in the community. As we have seen with other midrise 2×4 buildings, a platform-frame and reinforced concrete hybrid structure were used in its construction. The basement and first floor of the building were constructed using reinforced concrete and the 2nd, 3rdand 4th floors with a 2×4 fireproof structure. The total floor area for the building is 4,989 m² and estimated SPF dimension lumber for the 2×4 structure covers an area of 720m³.

The facility is owned and managed by Social Welfare Corporation Tokiwakai and designed by MEDOX, an architect firm based in Tokyo that specializes in designing medical and social welfare facilities. The general contractor for the project was Mitsui Home. The owner and operator of this nursing home decided to build this facility with wood after visiting and touring the 5-storey 2×4/Midply, Seifu-kai elderly care project in Adachi, Tokyo a few years ago.