When the Kambara Aluminium Company wanted a new gate house they saw an opportunity for a little advertising in its product. After due consideration they selected the architects ZSA to create a structure, completed in 2007, entirely out of aluminium.
Aside from the obvious advertising potential of an aluminium building for an aluminium supplier the building must also function as a gatehouse and a waiting area for guests visiting the factory. The entire structure is conceived around aluminium panels measuring 3m x 30cm x 7cm which form the roof and walls.
The remarkable thing about aluminium is the precision! With sharp corners, precise jointing, and a thoroughly engineered machine aesthetic, it does not really look like a building… more a vehicle of some kind.
It raises the question of why normal buildings are so sloppy in their tolerances.