PROJECT

OTEMON GAKUIN UNIVERSITY THE ACADEMIC-ARK

To commemorate its 130th anniversary, the university established a new campus closer to the station than the existing campus. It will accommodate about half of the student body. At a time when the Internet has made it possible to acquire knowledge without attending a school, our proposal asks what a university should be. It is a single building with a triangular plan – a minimal configuration that concentrates people and learning activities. From all three vertices of the triangular roof, the exterior slants sharply down and in, so as to invite people to enter the building. The library floats in the center as a strongly symbolic presence demarcated from everyday life. Beneath it is a hall where students naturally gather. The library is surrounded by classrooms and walkways equipped with bookshelves. Generous voids between the walkways and library provide a visual perspective on the activities that take place here.
The exterior is shielded by stainless steel screens which reduce the building’s environmental load and express the university’s identity with a motif of cherry blossoms, the school flower. After dark the facade is illuminated and becomes a guiding lamp for the region.

Completion 2019
Location Osaka Ibaraki City
Building Use Educational
Site Area 64,415㎡
Total Floor Area 20,409㎡
Floors 5 above ground
Structure S, SRC
Awards/Prizes ICONIC AWARDS 2020/ Innovative Architecture, Winner
THE PLAN AWARD 2020/ Education, Finalist
ARCHITECTURE MASTER PRIZE 2020/Architectural Design - Educational Building, Winner
61st BCS Award
29th AACA Award
32nd JSCA Award
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AD Graphic,SS,Koji Okamoto,Taisuke Ogawa,Kwasumi Architectural Photograph Office,Gankosha,Kudo Photo,Creative Photom,Naotada Kurozumi,Kenji Kobayashi,Tadanori Saito,Shigematu Photograph Studio,Shinozawa Architectural Photograph Offfice,Shinkenchiku-sha,Studio Bauhaus,Techni Staff,Kokyu Miwa Architectural Photograph Laboratory,Makoto Yoshid