The village of Tamakawa in Fukushima has purchased an abandoned building that had been designed by Kengo Kuma.
The now-dilapidated River/Filter building sits on the banks of Abukuma River. It was built in 1996 as a restaurant but closed in 2011 after suffering damage in the Tohoku earthquake. Part of the building flooded during Typhoon Hagibis in October 2019, causing further damage.
The building and land was listed for sale for several years. The village, realizing the potential value of a Kengo Kuma-designed building, purchased it at the end of 2020 for 19.8 million Yen (approx. US$180,000), about 30% less than its original list price. While that may seem like a cheap price, repairs are estimated to cost around 150 million Yen (approx. US$1.38 million). The plans are to convert it into a cycling and canoe complex, given its proximity to the river and the Michinoku Cycling Road, with opening scheduled for 2025.
Source: The Kahoku Shimbun, April 12, 2021.
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