Production and setup of the Japanese Hinode garden pavilion

We are about to finish the production process of the wooden garden pavilion in our workshop. We have to set it up right here to see if every little component fits perfectly.

Each part of the garden pavilion is treated individually and colour-coordinated with the other parts. Every element is carefully wrapped and delivered to be set up on-site.

Day one

The basic structure can be set up in one day. There are no surprises here as the whole pavilion was already set up once in our workshop.op.

Day two and three

The folded sides of the roof of the pavilion demand a high-quality fitting for the gold plated wood panels. Roofing and draining both need extra attention and care. The closer we get to the peak of the roof the more complicated the job becomes. We use 2000 stainless steel screws for the cover of the pavilion. The high inclination of the roof makes it a technically and physically demanding work.

Day four to eleventh

We started installing the roof and drainpipes on the top of the pavilion with the oldest type of tiles. Ancient Romans were inspired by China where roofs were made of cone-shaped easy-to-connect bamboo pieces. Later they invented arched tiles that channelled water. We use 2850 pieces of 20x10cm small tiles. Each one of them has to be drilled through and attached to the top of the pavilion with a stainless steel screw. We use 60 drillbits and turn in 2850 screws each time we set up this type of pavilion. We use 80 kg of weather-resistant mortar made with a traditional recipe on each corner of the roof to lock the tiles.

Day twelve and thirteenth

Scaffolding takes about two hours. It is an important element to finish the roofing of the pavilion. Since we place the tiles from the bottom up we cannot step on the tiles already on the roof. This is a small but important step of the quality finish. The completed piece makes us forget all the effort that we put into production and setting up. We are delighted to be able to create such a beautiful building that will be more and more attractive with its ageing throughout the years. It is like wine: ageing reveals beauty!

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