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Working with Japanese clients

March 2016 at our Architectural Practice

Working for a Japanese clientToto WC for Japanese project

A project for a Japanese client

Toto Project - working for a Japanese clientInflammable paper testing
We recently intervened on a project here in Paris for a Japanese client, which in terms of project management had an increased level of complexity because the Japanese project manager only spoke Japanese and the company in Paris preferred all communication to be in French. Our in-house Project Manager was responsible for managing and translating all meetings and international conference calls into 3 different languages - French, English and Japanese.

The architectural and construction processes in Japan are generally more flexible and a little less stringent than those in France. With this in mind, the development of this project on site had to be managed particularly closely to ensure coherent and consistent design decisions were being implemented.

During the project, we came across the ‘Toto WC' for the first time. Toto is a Japanese bathroom products manufacturer that incorporates WashLet technology to create high quality, hygienic products with numerous sustainable and innovative technological features. The Toto WC is equipped with a remote-control system allowing for personally adjusted water temperature, heated seat and filter system facility, amongst other specifications.

Finally, traditional Japanese architecture often uses paper, for example in the use of paper partitions. The interpretation of this type of architectural detailing for a project being carried out in France created a particularly difficult problem to resolve, especially in compliance with the norm NF 13501 concerning fire resistance. Non-flammable paper does exist in Japan but unfortunately does not have the required classification and validated test report for European regulations.

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