Emergency Architecture (02:36)
A Japanese collective designed a housing project after the 2011 tsunami. A lone pine tree and residential blocks remain in the town of Rikuzentakata. Residents live in temporary shelters.
Rebuilding Japanese Communities (02:39)
Toyo Ito designed a two story house surrounded by wooden poles and balconies in Rikuzentakata. Together with Su Fujimoto, Kumiko Inui and Akihisa Hirata, he built homes in towns destroyed by the tsunami.
Home for All Concepts (02:18)
After the tsunami, community members came together in a “disaster utopia” phenomenon. Ito wanted to recreate the feeling of solidarity in architecture. The Rikuzentakata project faces the flood plain.
Home for All Engineering (03:39)
Architects used pine trees damaged by the tsunami as construction material; construction methods ensure structural stability. The building follows the Japanese tradition of wood frame construction.
Home for All Design (03:32)
An open framework and platform balcony externalizes the house space. Sporadic pillars create harmonious areas within. Compared to rational, right angled spaces, it lack doors and partitions.
Home for All Layout (03:49)
To support the second floor, eight posts occupy the ground level. Each load bearing structure is autonomous. A wrap around balcony creates a buffer zone to the outside.
Integrating Architecture with Nature (02:39)
After the tsunami, a stronger sea wall and buildings are planned but Ito believes in uniting humans with their environment. A high terrace provides a view of Rikuzentakata's reconstruction.
Home for All Symbolism (01:47)
View different models proposed for the Rikuzentakata project. The final design combines reconstruction with the memory of the forest; poles thrust through the structure as if still growing.
Tsunami Reconstruction (02:21)
Ito discusses Rikuzentakata sea barrier construction efforts. Ito hopes Home for All residents will rebuild their community. The design received a Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.
Credits: Disaster Utopia: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:29)
Credits: Disaster Utopia: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture
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