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Shigeru Ban: Housing emergency Onagawa

At Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture, the agency Shigeru Ban Architects conducted the operation of housing for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 2011. Towering 3 levels, the buildings are constructed from shipping containers stacked on 3 levels, a process that reduces construction time while exhibiting excellent resistance to earthquakes.

Offering three levels of 20, 30 and 40 m2 and can accommodate more than 1 4 to people depending on the apartment, these units can be used as permanent housing.

On this project, the agency Shigeru Ban Architects says:

"Since the 3.11 earthquake, we-have visited more than 50 evacuation facilities and installed over 1800 units (2mx2m) of our Paper Partition System to Ensure privacy entre families. During That Time, I Heard the news que la town of Onagawa Was HAVING dif ? culty to construct enough temporary housing due to the suf? cient amount of? has land. The Therefore, we Decided to propose three-story temporary housing made from shipping containers. By stacking thesis containers in a checkerboard pattern, our system Creates bright, open living spaces in between the containers. The standard temporary houses Issued by the government are poorly made, and there is not enough storage space. We installed built-in closets and shelves in all of our houses with the help of volontaires and with the fund donation . It will Become a breakthrough and precedent to new government standards of evacuation facilities and temporary housing. "

Photos: Hiroyuki Hirai

For more information, visit the website Shigeru Ban Architects.

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