La Samaritaine and
La Samaritaine is helping fund the "Home For All" project created by five leading Japanese architects in response to the devastation caused by the tusnami that hit Japan in March 2011. They include Kazuyo Sejima, founder of the Japanese architecture firm SANAA, which is renovating the landmark Paris building.
The Home For All project aims to build housing and public spaces in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. The area was submerged by the tsunami, causing nearly 20,000 casualties and leaving 400,000 people homeless.
The innovative project is inspired by "the meeting and cooperation of hearts and minds". Local residents and architects worked closely together from the design phase right through construction of the buildings.
The first Home For All in Rikuzentakata was inaugurated last week. It was presented in the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which ended on November 25. The exhibition was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.