‘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.

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project 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.

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project ribbon windows for cross ventilationimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project facade with entry stairs in positionimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project gable roof lineimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project trailer wheelsimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project living room and kitchenimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project alley kitchen arrangementimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project portals to bathroom and storage wingimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project view to kitchen from bedroomimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project (left) entrances to two private rooms (right) bedroomimages © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project shower roomimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project front elevation at nightimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project illuminated from the interiorimage © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project detail image © SS imaging company

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project floor plan / level 0image courtesy of atelier tekuto

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project sectionimage courtesy of atelier tekuto

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project emergency and permanent positioning diagramimage courtesy of atelier tekuto

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project construction, transport and installation diagramimage courtesy of atelier tekuto

atelier tekuto: mobile smile project 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