“Home for All” for Rikuzentakata

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Shinkenchiku-sha

“Home for All” for Rikuzentakata is a gathering place for those who lost their homes in the tsunami-devastated city in Iwate Prefecture. The project was led by architect Toyo Ito, who collaborated with younger Japanese architects, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata.

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Shinkenchiku-sha © Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography at the Venice Biennale by Naoya Hatakeyama

The four internationally-renowned architects spent about ten months designing this small communal space. They asked themselves the ultimate question: “Architecture. Possible here?” which was also the theme of the Golden-Lion-awarded Japan Pavilion at the 13th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition.

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography of model courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office

Photography of model courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography of meeting courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography of model courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography of presentation in Rikuzentakata courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography of model courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography of damaged cedar trees courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Currently under construction, the “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata is composed of 19 cedar logs – blighted by salt water from the tsunami – for columns with floors spanning between.

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Photography courtesy of Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office

This primitive architecture is, as Mr. Ito says, “not the answer to the questions but the starting point towards the new era of architecture”.

JA+U : “Home for All” for Rikuzentakata by Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Office of Kumiko Inui + Sou Fujimoto Architects + Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office

The Architecture Biennale 2012 shared with us the video interview of Toyo Ito at the event talking about this project. Sorry it’s only in Japanese with Italian subtitles!

Also read this article for more projects in Tohoku area by architects.