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The Veneer House Project began in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. After witnessing this disaster, Hiroto Kobayashi and the Kobayashi Laboratory at Keio University began developing a strong and flexible structural system based on CNC routed plywood components. This system allows a structural frame to be assembled quickly without advanced tools or knowledge. The first Veneer House was built in 2012 in Minami-Sanriku, Japan as a community center for tsunami victims. Another project in Ishinomaki, Japan was completed the following year, with improved technology. The building system has continued to develop along with new projects in disaster stricken regions in Myanmar, Nepal, and the Philippines.

To find out more, visit the Veneer House Website.

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