UPM donates composite decking for temporary housing in Japan's earthquake area

UPM has donated its UPM ProFi Deck composite to architect Shigeru Ban's temporary housing project for Japan's earthquake victims. The multi-storey container temporary houses are built in Onagawa town in north-east Japan. This area was one of the worst hit by the tsunami in spring 2011.

Shigeru ban's Container Temporary Housing project will provide homes for almost 200 families. The first houses were ready at the end of September, and construction work is aimed to be completed in mid-November when all the new inhabitants move in.

"Shigeru Ban offered us a great opportunity to help the earthquake victims in Japan. The project also allows us to showcase the exceptional properties of UPM ProFi at a time when the Japanese market is opening its door to UPM composite", explains Markku Koivisto, Director, UPM ProFi.

The site will include nine blocks of three-storey buildings comprising a total of 188 apartments. There will be a market-like shopping facility, library and art hall in the middle of the blocks.

The container temporary housing is built from recycled and recyclable materials. The main structures of the apartments are assembled from old shipping containers piled up on top of each other, held up by steel poles and linked by corridors and doors. The houses are quick and easy to assemble and disassemble. This technique is the ideal solution for a housing system that has to be set up fast, yet with care. The houses can also be stored for re-use in another location.

The corridors and outside decking are built from UPM ProFi Deck composite. Manufactured from recycled materials, UPM ProFi is very weather-resistant and easy to maintain. The interiors and basic furniture will also be designed by Shigeru Ban's team using recycled wood, corrugated board and paper cores.

The Container Temporary Housing project is a successful continuation of UPM's collaboration with Shigeru Ban in the 21st century. Shigeru Ban has used UPM ProFi before, for example in Artek's pavilion and in Artek's 10-Unit system chair. In 2010, Shigeru Ban also used UPM ProFi for the balconies on the Metal Shutter House in New York City.


The site will include nine blocks of three-storey buildings. (Courtesy: Shigeru Ban Architects)


The container temporary housing is built from recycled and recyclable materials. (Courtesy: Shigeru Ban Architects)



Shigeru Ban's Container Temporary Housing project provides homes for almost 200 families. (courtesy: Shigeru Ban Architects)



The interiors and basic furniture have been designed by Shigeru Ban's team using recycled wood, corrugated board and paper cores. (Courtesy: Shigeru Ban Architects)


More project information, please check this site: http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/ and UPM Viewpoint Blog.