Junya.Ishigami+Associates, Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT Workshop (Kanagawa, Japan)
Nominated for the Brit Insurance Architecture Award 2009
Kanagawa Institute of Technology, KAIT workshop (exterior view). Photography credit junya.ishigami+associates
“KAIT workshop was built as part of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology campus redevelopment. This is a facility for students to come in whenever they like, to work on their own creative projects. As the facility would have such a public nature and function, I wanted it to be the kind of place where people could come and feel like they were strolling through the woods with sunlight filtering through the trees.
What the client needed was not the capacity for one enormous project to take up an entire open space, but for various activities of varying scales to go on, in different kinds of spaces, in different areas of the building.
The building is a single-storeyed, one-room roughly 2000m2 large. Facades are all glass. There are no earthquake-resisting walls or braces whatsoever. This structure stands on 305 slender columns, almost none of which have identically-proportioned sections or angles. As a result of erecting columns in what appears to be a completely random fashion (in a way that gives no hint that any rules or plan for their placement exist), some soft, ambiguous kind of borders could be fashioned, and gently distinguishing spatial characteristics emerged for each place.”
structural engineers: Konishi Structural Engineers
mechanical engineers: Kankyo Engineering
general contractors: Kajima Corporation, Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd
5th January 2009