Onagawa Station

Commercial / Mar - Apr 2016

Onagawa Station

March 22, 2016

In March 2011, the Great East Japan earthquake spawned a series of massive tsunamis that claimed thousands of lives and damaged many coastal areas of the country. Onagawa station, a terminal along the Ishinomaki Line, was among those affected. The station and nearby railway tracks were destroyed. Four years later, the reconstruction of the new station, built approximately 150 to 200 metres inland from the old building, was completed.

The Onagawa Station has one bay platform, serving a single track, connected to the station building by a footbridge1. There is a large plaza positioned adjacent to the terminal. The restored three-storey building consists of retail shops, waiting areas on the first floor, a public hot spring facility on the second floor and a viewing deck on the third floor. The station also features an integrated community centre on the upper floors.

The architect Shigeru Ban designed the shape of the roof based on an image of a soaring gull with its wings spread, symbolising the thoughts and prayers offered to the rebuilding efforts of the disaster-stricken area. The lattice roof structure and the use of pale wood are visible throughout the interior. Local residents involved in the site’s recovery were invited to hand paint tiles that were subsequently made into two murals decorating the spa areas.


Project Name Onagawa Station
Location Onagawa, Miyagi, Japan
Completion Date February 2015
Site Area 559.91 square metres
Gross Floor Area 899.51 square metres
Building Height 9.832 metres
Clients/Owners Onagawa City
Architecture Firm Shigeru Ban Architects
Principal Architect Shigeru Ban
Main Contractor Toda Corporation
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer Chiku Engineering Consultants
Civil & Structural Engineer Hoshino Architect & Engineer
Images/Photos Hiroyuki Hirai; Shigeru Ban Architects

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