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Maeami-hama Community House (前網浜コミュニティーハウス)

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Wed, 2013-03-06 17:59

On February 24, 2013, the residents of the fishing village of Maeami-hama, on a secluded inlet on the Pacific coast of Tohoku, gathered to celebrate the opening of its new community house.

The community invited partners KMDW architects (Tokyo) and Architecture for Humanity Japan to join in a feast the fishermen caught that very morning - abalone, octopus, seaweed, rice pastries and refreshments.

The merriment lasted well into the afternoon, accompanied by stories and jokes, tours and inspections of the structure, and a guest appearance from Ultraman. The Maeami community is very happy about this new structure, which replaces a concrete community house that was condemned and demolished after the 2011 tsunami.

The construction system, developed by KMDW and Keio University, utilizes a kit of plywood parts as structural elements. The house shows beautiful details, joinery and cladding, rounding out a useful and warm community space, and tectonic architectural marvel.

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