What is Jikugumi method?

Blog 06 Nov, 2021

Jikugumi is a traditional construction method that has been used in Japan for a long time. It features a structure that supports the house with wood pillars and beams. First, wooden base is set up on concrete foundation,  pillars are set up on the base. Beams are then combined with the pillars to form a house frame.

Wood is erected to form a roof. Since the roof part is completed right after the completion of the frame, the materials used inside the structure can be protected from climate factors such as rain or sunlight.

After that, wood boards are attached as the first step of making the wall. 

In Japan, where there are many earthquakes, earthquake resistance is one of the key points when building houses. Jikugumi method with cross-bracing timber frame plays an important role in improving earthquake resistance and durability.

The traditional Jikugumi method is still a construction method widely used in Japan nowadays. According to the Japan Forestry Agency, among the wooden house construction methods, Jikugumi method application accounted for 76%, which is ranked at the top in 2018. 

Sobokuya has been applying this Jikugumi to build houses and other wood architecture. We would like to introduce this traditional Japanese construction method to Vietnam and to the world. 

~ Soboku Rin ~

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