Station + Hot Spring = A New Symbol

Onagawa Station and Yupo’po

The tsunami on March 11th 2011, had swept away the small station building of a town that at the time had been populated by 10,000 people. The new station was built on a site slightly inland from where the original station had stood. The public hot spring facilities that had stood next to the old station were integrated into the new station building. The first floor is the platform, the second floor consists of a bathroom and resting place, and the third floor is an observatory floor that provides views of the ocean. The roof that sits above the building is shaped like a Black-tailed gull spreading its wings. Designed by Shigeru Ban, the new station is a fresh symbol of the town, and is a place for people to gather, rest, and leisurely enjoy their time.

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