A Massive Fire Wall and a Base for Disaster Protection

Shirohige Higashi Municipal Apartments

The Shirohige Higashi Municipal Apartments stand on the northern tip of an area located at sea level between the Sumida River and the Arakawa Discharge Channel. The complex was designed to be a disaster-protection base. The high-rise structures function as a physical firewall, protecting a park, which also serves as an evacuation area, along the Sumida River, in the event that a large-scale fire breaks out in the surrounding area, densely concentrated with wooden houses. Equipped with firefighting mechanisms such as fire shutters, sprinklers, and water guns to protect evacuees, the apartments are a fortress-like entity, designed to protect an area with a high risk of disaster.

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  • Shirohige Higashi Municipal Apartments

    Sumida, Tokyo

    1982

    Photo credit: Ken OHYAMA

  • Shirohige Higashi Municipal Apartments

    Sumida, Tokyo

    1982

    Photo credit: Ken OHYAMA