Public housing units
(Tenjin and Omachi area)
Architects: Chiba Manabu Architect, Daiwa House Industry Co.,
Ltd. Completion of construction: Apr 2016
During the recovery phase of the process of the city’s center, the architects discussed how to sustain and rebuild communities. They planned and constructed buildings, always with a high degree of respect for and with care of the surrounding environment. A case in point is “Living-access type;” Each living room of the housing faces the common space. It enables the residents to easily recognize others living there and to hopefully increase neighborly communication. In addition, a street courtyard which is constructed on the ground floor will be the evacuation route of local citizens in emergency situations.
Tenjin public housing units
It consists of three buildings; The central building which many people pass through has a north-facing hallway. In the other two buildings, floors have “Living-access type” alternately to promote each floor’s residents interaction. It also helps residents recognize the existence of others living in both upper and lower floors. These housing units won the award of the Good Design Special Award in 2018.
Omachi public housing units #1
The buildings which consist of 44 housing units are constructed on a square space design, at the center of the city. The site would normally not be large enough to provide adequate room for all these buildings, but through careful design planning the architects arranged building placements to bring a workable harmony and the landscape of various aspects of the buildings, while successfully making the housing units the part of the town. These housing units also won the award of the Good Design Special Award in 2018.