Tsunami Memorial hall, Kamashi Memorial park, and Unosatoi Visitor Center
Architects: CAt (Coelacanth and Associates tokyo Inc.),
Pacific Consultants Co., Ltd. Completion of construction: Mar 2019
Tsunami Memorial Hall
This is a facility used for conveying lessons learned from the tsunami disaster and promoting education of disaster prevention. It consists of three areas; First, an exhibition room showing the data of the damage and victims of the tsunami, as well as local children and students’ programs for disaster prevention. Second, a reading room which has a small library of books, documents, and donated photographs related to the disaster. Third, in a learning room, anyone can hold exhibitions, workshops, and storytellings for the purpose of teaching disaster prevention education.
Kamaishi Memorial Park
The site of the memorial park was previously that of Unosumai Disaster Prevention Center, the facility where many people lost their lives because of the tsunami, even though the center was very new, a two-story building and constructed of reinforced concrete. The tragedy led to the reconstruction of this park in order to pass on the lessons to future generations. Also, the memorial park gives visitors and citizens a quiet and solemn place to pray for the victims. Landscape Advisor: Mr. Nobutaka Nagahama.
The recovery of Unosumai area - Utilizing evacuation routes and connecting mountain and flat areas
Unosumai elementary school and Kamaishi Higashi junior high School were both destroyed as they were very close to the ocean. When rebuilding these school buildings, architects formed a flat space in the sloping grade of the mountain in the center of the Unosumai area, so that local inhabitants can evacuate when disaster happens. At the front area of Unosumai Station, three facilities were constructed; Kamaishi Memorial Park, which was on the site of previously Unosumai Disaster Prevention Center, where many people lost their lives because of the tsunami. Tsunami Memorial Hall, which is used for conveying lessons learned from the tsunami disaster and promoting education of disaster prevention. Unosumi Visitor Center which has a cafe, shops and restaurants for both local citizens and tourists. On the site of previously destroyed school buildings, Unosumai Recovery Stadium is constructed. The stadium successfully harmonizes with local surroundings and becomes a part of the beautiful landscape together with the new school buildings. In emergency situations, the stadium will become the starting point of an evacuation route which leads citizens to an evacuation shelter, Unosumai elementary school and Kamaishi Higashi junior high school. Architects hope these new structures will play a core role in the Unosumai area, and become the “gate for the future,” providing a safe haven for residents.