Meeting centre for Rikuzentakata

Cultural sustainability

Concept

Donated to the city of Rikuzentakata – destroyed by a tsunami in 2011 – this project for a community house was born from a collaboration between Kengo Kuma and Associates, the Kengo Kuma lab at the University of Tokyo, the Italians for Tohoku volunteer association, the Embassy of Italy in Japan, and the NPO Comunita’ di Sant Egidio.

The shell is conceptually derived from the lotus leaf, an organism that floats on the surface of water symbolizing the delicate relationship between life and nature. Paving a path to design architecture with its surroundings, the structure is set upon a forested mound and is formed with local wood from Kesennuma, another area affected by the disaster.

The project was conceived to offer a public space with social and cultural value for residents, attempting to restore faith between humans and their natural environment.

Credits

YEAR

  • 2012

LOCATION

  • Rikuzentakata, Japan

CLIENT

  • Comunita' di Sant' Egidio

PROJECT BY

  • Kengo Kuma and Associates and Kengo Kuma Lab

TEAM

  • Kengo Kuma and Associates: Jun Shibata, Kazuyo Nishida, Hiroaki Saito University of Tokyo, Kengo Kuma Lab: Matteo Belfiore, Salvator-John A. Liotta

STATUS

  • Proposal

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Architectural design