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Amazing Light-Filled Glass Studio In Japan

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 30, 2010 @ 12:45 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design | 8 Comments

glass facade, natural light, daylighting, junya ishigami and associates, japan, kanagawa institute of technology [1]

Core77 [2] points us to this stunning crystalline building [3] that serves as a flexible studio and workplace for students at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology [4]. Designed by Tokyo-based architecture firm Junya Ishigami and Associates [5], 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 [6] 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 [7]

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 [8] 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.

glass facade, natural light, daylighting, junya ishigami and associates, japan, kanagawa institute of technology [9]

Covering the building entirely in glass with skylights above offers unbeatable daylighting — to the point where it almost seems that people are working outside during the day. At night, when the lights are on, the glass building shines like a diamond. The strange thing is that glass buildings are not very common in earthquake-prone Japan. In fact, Ishigami specifically did not design any earthquake-resistant walls [10], which seems unpractical and completely unsustainable. While we love the design of the building and the flood of natural daylight [11] it provides, we’d hate to see it end up as shards of glass when the next big earthquake hits Tokyo.

+ Junya Ishigami and Associates [5],

Via Core77 [2]

Photo Credits: ©Iwan Baan [12]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/glassstudio-ed02.jpg

[2] Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/earthquakes_be_damned_japanese_tech_schools_modernist_crystal_palace_for_students_16839.asp

[3] crystalline building: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/11/european-investment-bank-wins-international-green-architecture-award/

[4] Kanagawa Institute of Technology: http://www.kait.jp/english/

[5] Junya Ishigami and Associates: http://www.jnyi.jp/

[6] daylighting: http://inhabitat.com../daylighting

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/30/amazing-light-filled-glass-studio-in-japan/kanagawa-institute-of-technology-8/

[8] flexible and open layout: http://inhabitat.com/2009/01/21/cambridge-creative-exchange-by-5th-studio/

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/30/amazing-light-filled-glass-studio-in-japan/kanagawa-institute-of-technology-6/

[10] earthquake-resistant walls: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/01/how-building-codes-saved-lives-during-chiles-earthquake/

[11] flood of natural daylight: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/28/stunning-zero-plus-energy-lab-at-hawaii-preparatory-academy/

[12] ©Iwan Baan: http://www.cretique.com/archives/9577

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