Totally Flakey

Not much in the way of snowflakes around here right now, so I thought I’d look around elsewhere. Where else but Japan would you find such creative truss framing?:

It seems obvious to call it a snowflake truss, which would be yuki no kesshō in Japanese (雪の結晶) because that is what the form of which it reminds me. It’s the new community center building in Toyooka City, located in Hyogo prefecture:

Very cleanly done framing as you would expect – also making use of local materials:

It was designed by a guy name Misaru Tahara. I’d be really interested to see the structural analysis of this truss, to see how it apportions loads.

It’s beautiful in any case:

Another view:

It cleverly combines Japanese traditional framing, using nobori-bari ‘ascending beam (also termed ne-magari-zai 根曲がり材, literally ‘curved root material’) from the tops of the wall, and a framework that is otherwise stark and geometrical in form:

Opposites attract, and are attractive.

Another view:

I’m sure there’s some metal in there somewhere, especially where the connected elements are in tension.

I imagine you saw this here first, no? The center for breaking news, 24 hours a day….

Well, not quite.

Merry Christmas from the Carpentry Way!