Minamisanriku Emergency Supply Warehouse
The March 2011 Tohoku Disaster not only caused devastation by engulfing buildings and farmland, but the tsunami also brought salty seawater far inland, rendering soil useless for agricultural use in the near future. Considering the region’s tradition of building with local materials, rather than declaring this land completely futile, NCS is using this salt drenched soil to build.
This project was done with the support of Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation and Lush Japan Co., Ltd. charity bank.
End of 2012.10 – 2013.1
Although there was delay of completion of the earth block into the middle of October because of the labor shortage and unsettled weather, we started to pile the earth block up at the construction site from the end of October. It was approximately 10㎡ and a very compact warehouse, but the construction method was performed in the same procedure as a general building. The president of residents' association, relevant local craftsman, Minamisanriku Reconstruction Network, students of Aichi Shukutoku College and Atelier Tekuto participated in construction other than our corporation.
1.At first we did "marking" and stretched "leveling string" for reading standard to pile up the earth block because the construction place had already finished leveling of ground and foundation.
2.Afterward, we carefully placed the earth block one by one which we had made in the summer. Although the number of workers varied depending on the day, we piled at a pace of about 60 blocks with 4 people a day on average.
3.As for the entrance and the transom window appearing in the middle of piling, the opening size was secured by placing a temporary wooden frame.
4.From the place where we piled up 15 rows on the way, the anchor for connecting tightly was attached to the roof truss (beam and girder).
5.After piling up, we executed the waterproof material to the 20 rows 1464 blocks in total for preventing from being affected by rain, wind and snow.
6.After the framework was completed, the installation of the roof truss was made by the local carpenter and a temporary wooden frame was removed, then the sash was mounted at the same time. As it was almost completed, we attached a signboard and a bell and held a completion ceremony.
7.We applied a roofing as waterproofing on a roof and covered sheet metal afterwards. A thatcher who saw a warehouse at that time suggested that more complicated and attractive roofing way was better than simple way, then we decided to change.