luna perschl rethinks earthquake recovery shelter with pocket house
all images courtesy of luna perschl
the ‘pocket house’ by vienna-based architect luna perschl is a modular system that can be placed in disaster-prone areas to prevent housing shortages. the project rethinks the urban environment for the earthquake-struck yabuki town in fukushima prefecture in japan, by offering a sustainable solution that can be built by the community.
the small dwellings are made from wood, and can be transformed into temporary housing units or assembled together to form public centers. the state of emergency time is reduced as inhabitants are able to quickly build their own environment, with the distinctive roofline of the ‘pocket house’ marking the skyline as a reminder of the catastrophe.
the ‘pocket house’ step I (public functions)
assembled in step II as a housing unit
section showing the interior
step III the ‘pocket house’ installed as a community center
overview of step III
various public functions
the buildings become a new landmark
drawing showing the ‘pocket house’ assembled post disaster