As part of its post-earthquake recovery program, Klein Dytham Architecture recently completed a beautiful community center with a intricate lattice ceiling. In 2011, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami devastated many Japanese communities. Now Klein Dytham Architecture is helping these communities recover by building new social spaces for displaced residents.
The Sōma City Home for All is a community center located in the Japanese city of Sōma. The most impressive part of the new center is the wooden lattice ceiling, which is designed to resemble a giant straw hat. The roof is supported by a number of tree-shaped columns that are made from cross-laminated timber. The columns are even decorated with the shape of owls and squirrels to give them a more life-like look. These natural touches are important because the center is meant to provide a play space for children who can no longer enjoy the outdoors due to high radiation levels.