Energy use in buildings and for building construction represents more than one-third of final energy consumption and contributes to nearly one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The use of timber is increasingly seen as a way to help cut the sector’s energy use, bills and emissions thanks, in part, to wood’s lightness and speed in construction. There is also growing evidence of the mental and physical health benefits of working or living in a green building. Inspired by Cidori, a traditional toy made from wooden sticks, the GC Prostho Museum and Research Centre in Aichi Prefecture, Japan is an eye-catching example of what can be achieved with timber.
The museum was designed by the architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates
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