the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Cultural Architecture
  4. Japan
  5. Zhaoyang Architects
  6. 2013
  7. Home For All In Kesennuma / Zhaoyang Architects

Home For All In Kesennuma / Zhaoyang Architects

  • 01:00 - 6 February, 2014
Home For All In Kesennuma / Zhaoyang Architects
Home For All In Kesennuma / Zhaoyang Architects, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Hisao Suzuki © Hisao Suzuki © Jonathan Leijonhufvud + 33

  • Structural Engineering

    Hideaki Hamada
  • Site Supervision

    Takezou Murakoshi
  • Client

    People of Ohya district in Kesennuma-city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan
  • Site Area

    419.21 sqm
  • Cost

    100000 euros
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

Text description provided by the 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.

© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

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. 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. The surrounding ground will be paved to the same level as the space inside, allowing forklifts to enter in market hours.

Grund Floor Plan
Grund Floor Plan

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.

© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

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.


View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Zhaoyang Architects
Office
Cite: "Home For All In Kesennuma / Zhaoyang Architects" 06 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/473994/home-for-all-in-kesennuma-zhaoyang-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments