Orandajima House Afterschool Facility

Martin van der Linden

Architecture, Building and Structure Design Orandajima House Afterschool Facility by Martin van der Linden The Oranda-jima House is a pro-bono design by Martin van der Linden for the town of Yamada-machi, a town located on the central coastline of Japan’s Iwate prefecture. On March 2011 the town was almost completely destroyed by the tsunami. Following extensive consultations with the Yamada-machi authorities, it was proposed in February 2012 to establish an after-school house and community centre. The project is named after the island where in 1643 a Dutch ship, called the Breskens landed in the Bay of Yamada. An island in the bay was commemoratively called Oranda-jima or Holland Island.


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