endo shuhei architect institute: looptecture F
 
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may 19, 2011

endo shuhei architect institute: looptecture F

‘looptecture f’ by endo shuhei architect institute in minamiawaji-city, japan all images courtesy endo shuhei architect institute photographer: yoshiharu matsumura

osaka-based practice endo shuhei architect institute has completed ‘looptecture f’, a two-storey tsunami disaster preventive control center in minamiawaji-city, japan. conceived with the additional function of a temporary refuge in mind, the overall structure and form of the project seeks to disperse maximum stress caused by a tsunami by lacking any planar surfaces.

view from the water

resembling a strip of ribbon coiling in on itself, the center features a cluster of circular volumes that intersect over eachother. the facade’s finish is coppery and industrial, referencing the palette of the port which it overlooks. to gain as many diverse sightlines towards the water and floodgates, a series of circular windows circumscribe the surface of the building.

exterior view

the main floor of the center is elevated in order to remain safe from a potential tsunami. the roof features an outdoor living terrace that can be accessed through a spiral staircase that wraps around a core structure.

roof level

interior view

staircase

entrance

aerial view

floor plan / level 0 (1) entrance (2) hall (3) piloti (4) centre control room (5) exhibition room (6) disaster learning room (7) men’s lavatory (8) ladies’ lavatory (9) machinery room (10) EV

floor plan / level +1 (1) entrance (2) hall (3) piloti (4) centre control room (5) exhibition room (6) disaster learning room (7) men’s lavatory (8) ladies’ lavatory (9) machinery room (10) EV  

floor plan / level +2 (1) entrance (2) hall (3) piloti (4) centre control room (5) exhibition room (6) disaster learning room (7) men’s lavatory (8) ladies’ lavatory (9) machinery room (10) EV

section a-a

section b-b

section c-c

section d-d

east elevation

west elevation

north elevation

south elevation

project info:

site area: 8, 502 m2 building area: 310 m2 total floor area: 376 m2 structural system: steel storeys: 2

structure: hirokazu toki, S3 associates / ichiro hashimoto, hiroyuki kamijima landscape: takeda planning and design office / shiro takeda, yukako iwata

  • the graphics on the glass are pretty cool

    dbkii says:
  • It’s handsome and the rusted steel is gorgeous, especially in this context, but this thing needs to be tank-tested against 15-meter walls of rushing water. Offhand it looks like the container would survive but the structure would break free and wash inland.

    Tom P says:
  • The structure may survive if it’s anchored thoroughly enough, but any inhabitants would almost certainly drown and/or be swept away…

    A bit misleading to call it a “refuge”.

    Heywood Floyd says:
  • A great project aesthetically. I believe refuge is referring to a secondary use post-tsunami. There are few structures man can build nature cannot destroy and the intention is clearly not to survive 15 meter walls of water.

    Doug C. says:

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