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How to build a library Part 4: Discovering the construction company Nishiki Kenchiku

After more than three months of searching, we are happy to announce that we found a company to build our library for a reasonable cost. Their name is Nishiki Kenchiku (錦建築有限会社), and they can do the project for around ¥5,000,000. It took some time for us to get to this point: we received proposals from …

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How to build a library Part 3: Finding a construction company

Now that the demolition crew is nearly finished, we turn our attention to finding a construction company to build the library. Our first choice is a company called EIGHT DESIGN (you can check out their website here) – a Meitetsu (Nagoya Railroad) company. They have some samples of their work on their site (“cases” as …

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How to build a library Part 2: In Japan, your space will probably be empty

If your space currently has a tenant who’s moving or shutting down their business, who does the demolition of the current shop? This was a question I was wondering about for some time. In Japan at least, it’s the responsibility of the previous shop owner to completely gut the place and restore it to its …

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