Timber Resources and the Continual Improvement of Education

Koyaguchi Elementary School

This expansive, timber-framed elementary school building is laid out as follows: an approximately 100-meter-long portion with a centrally located entrance is oriented in a north-south direction and connecting to this on the west side are four classroom wings oriented in an east-west direction. Although the school’s splendid entrance hall calls to mind traditional Japanese architecture, the timber-framed building is decidedly modern and incorporates many rational improvements: walls reinforced with bracing, a layout providing ample light and ventilation, and a roof built with Western-style roof trusses instead of a wagoya (traditional roof framework). Recently, the building was seismically reinforced and its equipment was upgraded to meet present-day standards. More than 80 years after its completion, it continues to serve local children as a place of learning.

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  • Koyaguchi Elementary School

    Hashimoto, Wakayama Prefecture

    1937

    Courtesy of Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture

  • Koyaguchi Elementary School

    Hashimoto, Wakayama Prefecture

    1937

    Courtesy of Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture