Kitakami "We Are One" Center Opens its Doors!

Kitakami "We Are One" Center Opens its Doors!

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jan 25, 2013
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The Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center officially opened its doors on January 23rd! With the center open, several programs have already been scheduled to take place in the new building.


The temporary shop was removed from the site two days prior to the opening, and certificate of completion was issued the next day. The owner opted to only invite a few members of the community to the event on the 23rd, having a quiet opening for the center.


building front
Building Front

A local group of mothers with young children and babies are planning to hold an afternoon nursery. English conversation class is also scheduled at the multipurpose room for kids to attend after school. And Japan Institute of Architects (JIA Miyagi) has reserved their place at the multipurpose room to station their consultation services.


Market Space

On behalf of the owner and community, Architecture for Humanity would like to thank all those who supported this project, both financially and in spirit.


youth center space
Youth Center Space

As the only freestanding new building in the area, the Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center stands strong and serves as a local symbol of recovery providing additional strength to the community.


building north east
North East side of the building

Don't forget to check out the Students Rebuild blog, too! We could not make this project possible without students who stood up to help their peers in Tohoku after the earthquake. Thank you Students Rebuild, and all students who folded paper cranes to raise funds!!!


From Students Rebuild:
A New Market for Kitakami (Part 1)
A New Market for Kitakami (Part 2): Interiority