Miyagi completes work on temporary housing


Miyagi, one of the three Tohoku region prefectures hardest hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has completed construction of temporary housing for people affected by the disaster, leaving Fukushima as the only prefecture yet to meet that need, as Iwate finished such construction earlier.

On Sunday, people started to move into the final six buildings to be completed, comprising three stories — unseen in other disaster-hit areas — for 144 households in Onagawa. The town, surrounded by mountains, decided to build multistory structures in a ballpark to make full use of available flat land.

Both the two- and three-story buildings, quakeproof and made from freight containers, were designed by architect Shigeru Ban. The second and third floors have balconies. Units are built in a staggered fashion to curb noise disturbance.