2016 BBA Winner Profile: Community Contribution – Klein Dytham architecture

Dec. 12, 2016


Ninth annual British Business Awards (BBA) ceremony held on November 11 2016 at the Hilton Hotel Tokyo | Klein Dytham architecture receives Community Contribution trophy.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 British Business Awards (BBA) trophy for Community Contribution award: Klein Dytham Architecture.

Klein Dytham architecture wass recognised for generating positive change in communities by building temporary housing areas in Tohoku and Kumamoto; for the revitalization of the T-SITE complex in Daikanyama and the creation of new spaces in Ginza Place; and for building communities in over 900 cities worldwide with the creative platform ‘PechaKucha Night’.

As board members of Home For All (HFA) NPO, Klein Dytham architecture has continued its work in the Tohoku region of Japan, maintaining the NPO's fourteen ‘Homes For All’ in the temporary housing areas to create community spaces for people to recover and begin a new life.

HFA built on this experience in April 2016 when the prefectural government of Kumamoto asked them to advise on the master plan to build 4100 temporary homes and 73 homes on the Home For All model.

Unlike Tohoku, these ‘Homes For All’ were incorporated into the masterplans from the start. The homes have been built to last between 5-10 years. This means that some children will grow up in these areas and know it as their home. It was therefore important to ensure iconic and inspirational architecture to bring pride and to brighten their lives. HFA is now appealing for unused furniture to fill the houses, a project Klein Dytham architecture has been instrumental in setting up. http://www.home-for-all.org

Klein Dytham's Ginza Place project is a new icon in Ginza, but also gives back to the city by incorporating two public terraces that allow new vistas along Chuo Dori and Harumi Dori. Unlike all the other sealed facades in Ginza these terraces bring a sense of human scale and community to this famous crossing and will provide spectacular public viewing opportunities for the Olympic parades.

Home For All’s latest project in Kumamoto has brought a sense of pride and belonging to an otherwise desolate sea of temporary prefabricated housing and is already having a profound impact on the people who live there. They now have places where they can get together to smile and joke, eat and drink and sing and dance.

PechaKucha (http://www.pechakucha.org) is a simple presentation format, whereby 20 auto-forwarding images are shown for 20 seconds each. It was devised by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo. PechaKucha Nights are creative show-and-tell evenings that use this format. Over 100 events take place in 930 cities around the world.

These events have now spread to 18 cities in Japan and are helping cities to discover and celebrate not only the creative talent, but also the "hidden heroes" amongst their midst to help forge a stronger community.

Klein Dytham architecture encourages companies to help the Home For All program by developing packages that companies can sponsor - rather than just asking for money. A major European lens company has just agreed to sponsor 71 cherry trees and ground-planting for each of the Kumamoto Homes of All.

All photos by Anthony Tran at Life14

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