Amazing Light-Filled Glass Studio In Japan

by , 06/30/10

glass facade, natural light, daylighting, junya ishigami and associates, japan, kanagawa institute of technology

Core77 points us to this stunning crystalline building that serves as a flexible studio and workplace for students at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology. Designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Junya Ishigami and Associates, the glass studio has a large open floor plan topped with a roof supported by columns of various sizes. Thanks to the building’s floor-to-ceiling glass facade and strips of skylights on the roof the daylighting in this space is superb, creating a spectacular place to work on design projects.

glass facade, natural light, daylighting, junya ishigami and associates, japan, kanagawa institute of technology

The building’s goal was to create a place where students could come to work on self-initiated projects and build things, but as students move in and out and projects change, so does the space required. So Ishigami and his team designed a building with a flexible and open layout supported by 305 pillars, which seem randomly placed — but they actually spent quite some time analyzing the location and diameter of each pillar to create spaces of varying size. The pillars create a vague sense of borders and partitions but are not so restrictive that they limit the space.

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  1. Kirimisakana May 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

    The earthquake‐resistant is planned very carefully. You should investigate about KAIT.

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  5. RE wonk July 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    So … where’s the bathroom?

  6. catherinetodd July 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Trace: well said. This so rarely happens, doesn’t it? Always a pigeon-hole view.

  7. davidwayneosedach July 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    What an inspiring place to work! It brings out your creative “best!”

  8. trace June 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I cannot understand how these architects, like SANAA, cannot even begin to look at the site their lovely building is ON – the first perspecive shot, with the manhole cover prominently featured, says it all..It is truely weird. Can\’t they find a Landscape Architect of similar vision to complete their site?

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