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West Cocoon Warehouse Conservation Work (3)

We store dismantled doors and window frames with their hinges inside a preservation shed.
Dismantled tiles are preserved on the construction site. Tiles will be washed and sorted in order to identify reusable and not reusable ones.
We are investigating hinges from doors and window frames stored inside the preservation shed.
Dismantled floor beams and joints are conserved in the preservation shed.
The process of dismantling tiles to noji boards is summarized here.
The dismantling of noji boards which condition was too bad to reuse them is over.
View of roof Noji boards from the 2nd floor. The brightness is due to the presence of removed damaged parts.
Removed tiles are cleaned for reuse. Bamboo blinds and electric fans were installed inside the tile cleaning area as a prevention measure against heat stroke.
We confirmed that there was a pulley in the upper part of the second-floor cocoon storehouse. We will investigate its role in the future.
As part of West Cocoon Warehouse conservation work, in order to dismantle the roof (tiles, etc.), we set up a temporary roof (protective scaffolding) protecting the whole building by covering it up. For this reason, taking consideration of the appearance of the building, we cover it with a protective scaffolding displaying pictures of it so that anyone can feel the presence of the West Cocoon Warehouse even during the period of the conservation work.
Because conservation work is planned to last for a long time, we check the protective scaffolding regularly.
We dismantled outdoor stairs for investigation.
Roof tiles which we dismantled are washed for reuse and stored until the time they are assembled.
We dismantled Noji boards which rotten. The photographs show before and after dismantling.
We photographed the protective scaffolding covering up the West Cocoon Warehouse from the outside of the mill grounds. The setting sun is lighting up the building. The sunset became early.
We installed a model showing the completion image of the building after the conservation work in the3rd floor of the viewing deck.
We are looking forward to your visit.
We scrapped the paint covering the surface of some material for investigation.
Before and after scrapping the paint covering the baluster.
We investigate the history of the paint while removing it.
We reinforce the brick walls by cutting the joints between the bricks and inserting aramid rod fiber into it. Aramid fiber is a reinforcing material processed into a braided cord shape and hardened with epoxy resin.
We partially cut the joints and insert aramid rod fiber in order to reinforce the brickwork.
We scrap off the paint of the coping of the porch handrail. We investigate the history of the paint while scraping it off.
We dismantled the common joint of the porch. We remove rot part to reuse purpose.
Once the first-floor ceiling investigation was completed, we dismantled the scaffolding. We will continue investigation in the future.
The West Cocoon Warehouse Conservation Work Viewing Deck is open to the visit from January 1, but the working site is on holiday until January 4. Therefore, it is not possible to see people at work before January 5. (01/01/2017)
During morning assembly, site foreman tells his team about their tasks on that day, the area within which heavy vehicules can operate and the delivery route for contruction material. Morning assembly is held every morning to guarantee safety on the construction site.