The Oranda Jima House came about after the massive tsunami hit Japan in 2011, causing devastating destruction to the area. To help people come together, Van Der Architects worked with local craftsman to build a place where everyone felt safe, and enjoyed spending their time. The result is this minimalist community center design.
The design itself is made mostly from red cedar material, and it takes on a darker aesthetic. The building also wraps around in a way that aims to make people feel safe and connected, especially after the suffering they went through during and after the natural disaster. Inside there is nothing too ornate about the setup, allowing people to focus on each other and work through any issues or concerns they might have.
The Oranda Jima House is ideal to help people in this small section of Japan.
Photo Credits: designboom, vanderarchitects