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The KES System gives flexibility of planning through its variety of metal joints

The wide variety of metal joints in the KES System gives designers great flexibility, enabling the making of interior spaces of very different sizes. The joints are designed for use in buildings from the scale of a residence with carport to large-scale public buildings.

for the construction of rigid frame structures enabling large spans for a variety of building types.

KES 140
An earthquake resistant structure using 140 mm square columns and original metal plates

KES 120
An earthquake resistant structure using 120 mm square columns and original metal plates

Environmentally-responsible building materials: we use local timbers

Much of Japan is covered by forest - it has the second largest percentage of land coverage, after Finland. However, Japanese forest management has not been entirely successful. The potential supply of Japanese timber is large, but because of competition from relatively cheap imported timber, the price of local timbers had reduced. As a result, many forests are left without maintenance, such as thinning or pruning, and the trees do not mature correctly, resulting in further deterioration in price.

Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. As trees become mature, they begin to reduce their intake of carbon dioxide. Therefore, we utilize these mature tees for building materials, and give them a second life.

This is good for our environment, and is the reason why the Shelter Company uses locally-grown pine and cedar.

The KES System used for large-scale timber buildings.

The KES System has been used for many large-scale public buildings. The public clients have selected the system not only because of its excellent structural stability, but also because timber buildings are environmentally-friendly, and give their users a sense of well-being.

Shelter Corporation Head Office
Architect: Shelter Corporation

JR Tazawako Station & Tazawako Visitor Information Center
Architect: Shigeru Ban Architect

Miyashiro Town Office
Architect: Miyashiro Sekkei Rengo (Architects Union)

Inamura (present Minami Aizu) village community center
Architect: Shelter Corporation

Higashidori Village Primary School
Architect: Toshio Honma Architects

KES System