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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

Posted By Federico Villa On December 7, 2012 @ 12:55 pm In Architecture,Cargotecture,Reader Submitted Content | No Comments

Shigeru Ban, Onagawa, Japan, container housing, disaster relief, shipping containers [1]

In March 2011, the town of Onagawa [2], Japan was devastated by a powerful earthquake. In the months that followed, Shigeru Ban Architects [3] designed a temporary housing complex [4] for survivors who had been displaced from their homes. Ban’s Onagawa temporary container housing is a truly innovative design. The Japanese firm created 189 residential units in two- and three-story apartment buildings that are built from paper tubes and shipping containers [5].

Shigeru Ban, Onagawa, Japan, container housing, disaster relief, shipping containers [6]

When the earthquake [7] hit, it devastated the town of 10,000, destroying 3,800 of its 4,500 houses in Onagawa. Because of the region’s topography, there wasn’t enough flat land to accommodate the standard-issue, single-story houses that are typically built for disaster recovery, so Ban [3] convinced authorities to build multi-story structures. Resolving the issue of Onagawa’s unflat land, the minimalist checkerboard-like pattern successfully created the necessary housing units with open living spaces along with internal storage.

+ Shigeru Ban Architects [3]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/new-post-submission-1792/shigeru-ban-3/

[2] Onagawa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onagawa,_Miyagi

[3] Shigeru Ban Architects: http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/

[4] a temporary housing complex: http://inhabitat.com/shigeru-ban-comes-to-japans-rescue-with-multistorey-shipping-container-housing/

[5] shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/m2e-power/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/new-post-submission-1792/shigeru-ban-1/

[7] earthquake: http://inhabitat.com/tag/japan-earthquake/

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