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“Donguri Ann” Natori City Public Library Selected as Second Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan

May 30, 2012

Selected by the Project Evaluation Committee, the “Donguri Ann” Public Library was chosen as the second finalist under the $4.5 million Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project. The public library will be constructed in Natori City; in the outskirts of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The city’s original public library sustained irreparable structural damage as a result of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. The project proposal was led by Tokai University Department of Architecture in collaboration with the City of Natori. The project proposal “Donguri Ann” signifies rebirth with the symbol of Donguri (Japanese for Acorn) and “Ann” in recognition of Japan’s favourite Canadian novel, Ann of Green Gables.    

The single storey 201m2 wood frame structure will feature a combination of post and beam timbers and 2×4 infill wall panels. The building will be constructed with a wide array of Canadian wood products including: 150x150mm Canada Tsuga posts with SPF and OSB infill wall panels, Western Red Cedar siding and hardwood flooring from Quebec. Construction is expected to commence in July or August and complete in the fall. The library will be owned and operated by the City of Natori and will serve its 70,000 residents.