The Kodomo Art Maison Center Was Destroyed by Japan's 2011 Earthquake

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Published: Aug 15, 2014 • References: shigerubanarchitects & designboom
Internationally acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban has rebuilt the Kodomo Art Maison Community Center, which was destroyed by Japan's 2011 earthquake. The project was overseen by Ban, completed with the help of the Voluntary Architects' Network and funded by luxury goods company LVMH as part of an initiative to support children displaced by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster provoked by the earthquake and tsunami.

The new Kodomo Art Maison center has a central atrium and photovoltaic panels positioned across its angled roof. The building has a donut-like shape, and is adorned by lattice walls containing a range of children's books in an expansive library.

Plants are grown in glazed walls around the structure, giving the design a healthy feel. The center includes vegetable gardens that foster a sense of community.

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