▼项目鸟瞰，bird view ©Shinkenchiku-sha
▼学习方舟建筑外观，exterior view of the academic ark ©Shinkenchiku-sha
Located in the leafy city of Ibaraki in northern Osaka Prefecture, this project forms the core of the Ibaraki Smart Community, which occupies the 185,000 m2 site of a former Toshiba factory. The 40,000 m2 facility will serve as a new campus for about 3,600 students at Otemon Gakuin University, or about half the student population.
As Internet technology, artificial intelligence, and mobility improve and students no longer need to be on campus to attend school, what form will universities take? Our task as architects was to think about how to design a learning site that would inspire students to make that trip to campus. Since ancient times, Japan’s shrines and temples have held a mystery and attraction that has drawn pilgrims from all corners of the country, turning these sites into lively gathering places. This concept informed our image of the learning spaces of the future.
▼学习方舟一侧的附属咖啡厅，cafeteria near the academic ark ©NaoomiKurozumi
▼咖啡厅立面，elevation of the cafeteria ©Shinkenchiku-sha
In order to attract people and concentrate activity in one area, we layered functions inside a single building. Our aim was to create a complex that welcomes diverse individuals, stimulates interest, invites exploration, and provides a place to spend time. We selected a triangular footprint as the most efficient shape for centralizing the excitement and energy of academic activity in a single space, and angled each corner of the building steeply inward to create inviting “gates” to enter through.
▼三角形的角向内倾斜，each corner of the building steeply inward ©Shinkenchiku-sha
▼引入入胜的独特入口，unique inviting “gates” ©Hisao Suzuki
▼大厅中悬浮的巨大银色体块，massive, floating silver volume in the main hall ©Naoomi Kurozumi
▼体块下成为重要的集会空间，important meeting space under the massive volume ©Naoomi Kurozumi
▼书本走廊与图书馆间隙较大，使楼层之间视野互相通透， a large void between the library and the book trail allows for visibility between floors ©Naoomi Kurozumi
Inside this Academic Ark, as we named the building, visitors are greeted by a massive, floating silver volume in the main hall. The volume contains a library packed with those treasures of the learning space, books. A “book trail” encircles this centripetal space, flanked by six large classrooms on both the second and third floors and twenty-one small classrooms on the fourth and fifth floors. A large void between the library and the book trail allows for visibility between floors, making apparent the energy created by a learning site where individuals both see and are seen by each other.
▼通向图书馆的廊道，corridor towards library ©Naoomi Kurozumi
▼图书馆内部，台阶可用作演讲台，library Interior, the staircase can also be used as the stages for presentations ©Naoomi Kurozumi
▼图书馆四周的休息室，Professors Lounge in the Library ©Shinkenchiku-sha
▼三角形角落处的学习室，外面可以看到环保不锈钢栅格，“STUDIO” at the Triangle Vertex. Stainless steel eco-screen can be seen outside ©Naoomi Kurozumi
▼括铸有樱花衍生图案的不锈钢栅格，cast stainless steel screen façade featuring a motif of cherry blossoms ©Naoomi Kurozumi
Environmentally sustainable design elements include a cast stainless steel screen façade featuring a motif of cherry blossoms, the university flower, which both expresses the school’s identity and reduces the environmental load by sixty percent in summer. The rooftop garden on the fifth floor and the triangular corridor-like terrace covered by large eaves that encircles the garden reduce heat entering the building from the roof as well as provide a place for students to enjoy the gentle breezes as they relax or study.
▼屋顶花园及檐下的廊道，roof garden and corridor under eaves ©Naoomi Kurozumi
This Academic Ark sits within a park-like campus that can be freely utilized by residents of the Smart City. It is our hope that the building will become a new space for learning that students actively seek out in order to experience connections with teachers, friends, and society at large even in this Internet age.
▼大型学习空间，large studio for active learning ©Shinkenchiku-sha
▼咖啡厅及餐厅，cafeteria and dinning hall ©Naoomi Kurozumi
▼夜晚的建筑，building at night ©Yamagiwa
▼场地平面，site plan ©Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei
▼建筑平面及剖面，plan and section ©Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei
Architecture : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
Structural Engineer : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
Environmental+Mechanical Engineer : Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc,
Lighting Design: akari+DESIGN associates
Textile Design｜Yoko Ando Deign
Construction Supervision: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
Art Coordination: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
Project Management: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
Location : Ibaraki-City, Osaka Japan
Date of Completion : March 2019
Date of Opening: April 2019
Principal Use : School, Library,Cultural Hall, Studio,Cafeteria
Structure : S+SRC
Site Area : 64,415 m2
Building Area : 6,752 m2
Total Floor Area : 20,409m2