Architecture: Center for the Elderly in Rikuzentakata by Kengo Kuma + Associates: “..conceptually derived from the lotus leaf, an organism which floats on the surface of water symbolizing the delicate relationship between life and nature. paving a path to design architecture with its surroundings, the structure is set upon a forested mound and is formed with local wood from kasennuma, another area affected by the disaster. local carpenters will construct the 220 square meter building. the project will offer a public space with social and cultural value for residents, attempting to restore faith between humans and their natural environment. the physical and spiritual reconstruction is intended to energize the individuals and encourage them to find joy..” Tranquility, nature, inspiration..
image: courtesy of kuma lab; article: Designboom