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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Home for all in kesennuma, Japan by zhaoyang architects

 
March 4th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: zhaoyang architects

The home-for-all in Kesennuma is designed and built as a gathering space for a fishing community that severely suffered from the Tsunami in 2011. It is located at Kesennuma’s Oya fishing harbor that serves as a center for the local fishing activities and community life. It’s a shelter in which fishermen can take a rest, a place where the wives would wait for their husbands to return [with the catch] and sometimes a marketplace.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

  • Architects: zhaoyang architects
  • Project: home for all in kesennuma
  • Location: kesennuma, Japan
  • Photography: Hisao Suzuki, Jonathan Leijonhufvud
  • Local Architect: MasanoriWatase
  • Design team: Ruofan Chen, Zhou Wu
  • Structural engineering: Hideaki Hamada
  • Site Supervision: Takezou Murakoshi
  • Client: People of Ohyadistrict in Kesennuma-city, Miyagiprefecture, Japan
  • Site area: 419.21m2
  • Built area, Total floor area: 93.45m2
  • Cost: 100000 euros
  • Design phase (beginning and endingmonth, year): Dec. 2012 – Jun. 2013
  • Construction phase (beginning and endingmonth, year): Jul. 2013 – Oct. 2013

Materials

  • Roof:  galvanizedsteelsheet
  • Ceiling: plywood + protectivecoating
  • Exteriorwall: concrete + protective coating
  • Interiorwall: concrete + protective coating

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Most part of the space opens to the exterior. A roof, supported by 3 “rooms”, covers an area of 117 square meters. At the center is a triangular-shaped hole in the ceiling that allows people to gaze directly at the sky. The “rooms” with lifted benches are oriented toward the center and, at the same time, towards views of the surrounding landscape through the three entrances from different sides.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

The kitchen room is glazed by glass sliding doors and can be slide open in pleasant weathers. The room nearest to the water can be enjoyed as an engawa (a space underneath the eaves, an important space for Japanese architecture and daily life). The toilets are accessed and ventilated from the outside, while oriented towards the center and the sky through the slanted glazing.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

The surrounding ground will be paved to the same level as the space inside, allowing forklifts to enter in market hours.
The elemental geometry of the roof creates a dome-like space underneath. Together with the plywood (Japanese cypress) materiality, it generates a warm and protective atmosphere. At the same time, the transparency of the supporting structure creates an open and welcoming character. At night, the building glows warmly from within, like a lighthouse, waiting for fishermen to come back from the sea.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

The project was the collaboration between architect Yang Zhao and his mentor Kazuyo Sejima during the 6th cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Art Initiative. The architects had three workshops with the local community to discuss about the design and get their approval to build. The completion and transfer ceremony took place on Oct. 27, 2013. The photos were taken on the ceremony day.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © zhaoyang architects

Image Courtesy © zhaoyang architects

Image Courtesy © zhaoyang architects

Image Courtesy © zhaoyang architects

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