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Container Temporary Housing

Container Temporary Housing

Shigeru Ban Architects

Onagawa, Japan

Government-funded, temporary housing by Shigeru Ban is now under construction on a baseball diamond in Onagawa, Japan—a coastal town that was decimated by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Onagawa had an urgent need for temporary housing. But its rugged terrain was not well suited for the standard single-story dwellings issued by the government. To solve the problem, Ban proposed erecting 2- and 3-story buildings that take up less flat area and could be built quickly from shipping containers and steel frames. The units contain bed and bathrooms, with kitchen and dining areas occupying open spaces in between the containers, each one enclosed with window walls.

The Ban housing development will house 188 families when it’s completed on October 15. Though not designed for permanent occupancy, the units are intended to be reused during future disasters.

Photo courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects

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