atelier tekuto: mobile smile project
atelier tekuto: mobile smile project atelier tekuto: mobile smile project
sep 28, 2011

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project

‘mobile smile project’ by atelier tekuto, tohoku, japanimage © SS imaging company

japanese architect yasuhiro yamashita of atelier tekuto has begun production of the ‘mobile smile project’, a mobile housing system for victims of the 2011 tohoku earthquake and tsunami in tohoku, japan. this initiative is currently producing cost-effective dwellings which be quickly and easily transported by truck for immediate installation. the framework may be dismantled, elongated or reformed for long-term residential applications, fabricated with durable materials projected to last for 30 years.

although a majority of established structures were habitable after the recent disaster, individuals were still moved to safer ground due to the extensive damage affecting necessary infrastructure. this initiative eases the transition of temporary relocation by allowing neighbors to cluster their homes and remain close to each other for a sense of community. carpenters and materials are more easily attained in a city closer to tokyo and local carpenters handle on-site retrofitting. inhabitants may choose to anchor with concrete foundations upon selection and placement upon a permanent site.

mobile home after transportimage © SS imaging company

wooden planks clad the exterior and interior for a warm and comforting presence and the exterior partitions are capped with a white-clad gable roof to create a familiar outward form. added after transport, an entry stair leads to a large sliding glass door which bounds a central kitchen with high ceilings. ribbon windows encompass each of the perimeter walls to introduce cross ventilation regardless of the construct’s provisional orientation.

ribbon windows for cross ventilationimage © SS imaging company

facade with entry stairs in positionimage © SS imaging company

gable roof lineimage © SS imaging company

trailer wheelsimage © SS imaging company

living room and kitchenimage © SS imaging company

alley kitchen arrangementimage © SS imaging company

portals to bathroom and storage wingimage © SS imaging company

view to kitchen from bedroomimage © SS imaging company

(left) entrances to two private rooms (right) bedroomimages © SS imaging company

shower roomimage © SS imaging company

front elevation at nightimage © SS imaging company

illuminated from the interiorimage © SS imaging company

detail image © SS imaging company

floor plan / level 0image courtesy of atelier tekuto

sectionimage courtesy of atelier tekuto

emergency and permanent positioning diagramimage courtesy of atelier tekuto

construction, transport and installation diagramimage courtesy of atelier tekuto

construction photosimages © hideki meguro + mitsuharu hirano

project info:

floor area: 12 tsubo including loft (1 tsubo=3.3 sqm) construction period: 3 weeks cost: 5 million yen durability: over 30 years start of production: 6. 2011 owner: n・c・s, japan trailer house association architecture design: atelier tekuto construction: home builder

  • it is refreshing to see architects taking matters into their own hands and doing good for the people!!!

    yay!! says:
  • Brilliant.

    PracticalArchitecture says:
  • where is the water pipe?????

    toto says:
  • I’ll take two

    dave says:
  • Xcelent! we need this in Venezuela too

    Pro says:
  • wow man amazing nice work!
    Pakistani Dress Collection

    pakistani dress collection says:
  • they have alreday created one in [url=]italy[/url]

    boxer says:
  • superbe réalisation !!

    staniby says:
  • Tight tiny spaces for hopefully tiny people. I’m not sure if this is desirable for long-term living.

    dc29 says:
  • And where is all this wood coming from? I’m not sure that shipping wood from the US is a very environmentally-conscious decision.

    Christine Damm says:
  • Temporary house for 50 000 EUR?? C’mon! House is nice but the cost is not. It would be something but with different budget.

    reasonable thinker says:

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