luna perschl rethinks earthquake recovery shelter with pocket house luna perschl rethinks earthquake recovery shelter with pocket house
may 08, 2014

luna perschl rethinks earthquake recovery shelter with pocket house

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





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  • Great! How can I get one?

    helen grayson says:
  • what do you use to cover openings? they are oddly shaped on sides. I can think of one thing, the plastic sheets used in shops now but in summer it would be like a green house. Yes you can open them up but not during rainy season where it is hot and humid. There would have to be a specially designed glazing included in the kits as well make shift ways to keep the sun out since there are no eves. Also in the larger public buildings what is now supporting the roof sections since the supports are removed.

    markjamesdesign says:

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