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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

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Panoramic view © Furudate
Panoramic view © Furudate Building No.2 (Before renovation) Building No.2 (After renovation): The exterior was almost perfectly preserved. © Furudate Building No.1 (Before renovation)
Building No.1 (After renovation): It retains the memory of restration after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The 3rd Floor, Building No.2 (Before renovation) The 3rd Floor, Building No.2 (After renovation): It was renovated into a popular restaurant with the original truss and brick wall. © Furudate  

Project Outline

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse was designed by the renowned Meiji architect, Yorinaka Tsumaki. Although Building No. 1 was partially destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Building No. 2 remains as it was when first built. In this project, we renovated Building No. 1 as a public facility with a theater and gallery, and Building No. 2 as a commercial facility for private business. The key point here was not merely to “preserve” but also to “maintain” the facility (i.e. to preserve and make active use of it).

Basic Information

[CASBEE rank] A  (4 stars)
[CASBEE tool used] CASBEE for Renovation (2005 edition)
[Location] Shinko 1-Chome, Naka-ku, Yokohama
[Completion date]

March, 2002

[Site area] Building No. 1: 19,746.53m2
Building No. 2: 7,808.96m2
[Total floor area] Building No. 1: 6,408.48m2
Building No. 2: 10,755.01m2
[Structure] Masonry / partly steel-framed
[Floors] 3 floors above ground
[Owner] Yokohama City (and others)
[Designer] Chiaki Arai Urban Architecture and Design
[Contractor] Takenaka Corporation

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  • Good Design Award (Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, 2002)
  • 2nd Ecobuild Awards, Grand Prix (2003)
  • 13th BELCA Awards, Best Reform Division (Building and Equipment Long-life Cycle Association, 2003)
  • The Prize of AIJ 2004, Specific Contributions Division (The Architectural Institute of Japan, 2004)
  • 45th BCS Award, Special Prize (Building Contractors Society, 2004)
  • 10th Public Buildings Awards, Prize of Excellence (Public Buildings Association, 2006)
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These cases are described based on assessment results obtained using CASBEE.
CASBEE is a method for rating the environmental performance of buildings using Building Environmental Efficiency (BEE) as an indicator, which is based on the results of separate scores obtained for Q-1~Q-3 (Quality) and LR-1~LR-3 (Load Reduction).