Home-for-All Model (No. 339)
Japan, 2012
Sou Fujimoto

wood, styrene board, foamed styrol, balsa wood, and plastic board
22 × 20 × 20 cm

“… The unmistakable pillar structure of the Home-for-All in Rikuzentakata, for example, was already there in the first model of Mr. Hirata. The actual material is inspired by the history of Japanese cedar forests destroyed by the tsunami, and around the floats used in the local festival of Tanabata. All these elements came together and gave the building tangible form.” —Sou Fujimoto

After introducing the various projects in the Japanese Pavilion of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, the collaborative team of Japanese architects including Toyo Ito, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata have built a full-scale prototype of their gathering house concept open to the public in Rikuzentakata. In response to the great east japan earthquake of 2011, the group of architects worked together to explore possible future typologies  for Japanese coastal cities that may be prone to similar events. Using a system of natural wooden columns like pilotis arranged on a regular grid, the volumes are suspended in a three-dimensional matrix like a complex home on stilts with a relationship on both the horizontal and vertical axes of the different layers of the dwelling, sometimes maintaining the orthogonal nature of the foundations while at others exercising the exception. ‘A home for all’ serves as a gathering space for the thousands of people that were left homeless after the devastating natural disaster. —designboom

Final structure in Rikuzentakata

Final model by Toyo Ito, Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, and Akihisa Hirata displayed at the Japanese Pavilion

📷 M+, Iwan Baan, designboom