Zero-Waste Japanese Town Creates Building From Abandoned Materials

Zero-Waste Japanese Town Creates Building From Abandoned Materials

The Kamikatz Public House is built from repurposed windows and recycled cedarwood boards

Kimberly B. Johnson
  • 3 august 2016

Architectural firm Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP just won the WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 for their stunning Kamikatz Public House, a sundries shop and pub created from repurposed abandoned materials. The Kamikatz Public House was built to represent the small yet ambitious city of Kamikatsu and its commitment to zero waste. Kamikatsu has achieved an 80 percent recycling rate through a system where residents separate their waste into 34 varying categories.

The Kamikazt Public House embraces the zero-waste mission of Kamikatsu within its blueprint, displaying a number of curated eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious choices within its design. The structure possesses openings throughout, where cool air can flow in during the summer season, including the building’s eight-meter-tall wall of windows made from an assortment of reclaimed materials from nearby abandoned houses. The building also possesses reclaimed tiles for the flooring, a chandelier made from bottles and newspapers repurposed into wallpaper while the exterior boasts reclaimed cedarwood boards colored with naturally derived persimmon tannin paint.

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Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP


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