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ISAK KAMIYAMA Academic Center + Residence 4

ISAK KAMIYAMA Academic Center + Residence 4

This project is the expansion plan of International School of Asia Karuizawa (ISAK) which is at the foot of Mt. Asama.
We were asked to design the classroom building with management and administration function, KAMIYAMA Academic Center, (KAC) and the new dormitory building, Residence 4. The large or small number of students will spend their time in the fresh summer and harsh winter. We proposed KAC in woods on a gentle slope as the new hub of campus where students belong and study.
We designed planes of KAC which have three levels and are parallel to the land form. On the planes, 120mm square pillars were planted at the interval of 5.9m. And the gable roof with 1/5 pitch, which is designed to fit into the scenery of Karuizawa, is put above the pillars. We considered the composition that we could feel the spread of space with wooden structure. We arranged 5 small classrooms, 2 corners and other rooms required around the circumference as connecting with the light and the view of woods which are seen from the gaps. The empty spaces surrounded by the rooms will be allocated as Flexible Learning Area (FLA). By opening and closing the movable partitions, FLA will expand and contract spatially and the class rooms and corners will be given the fluidity. It makes the architecture itself and the part of the building to have the imagination for the usage.In addition, We aimed to design the relationship between FLA, classrooms and woods to have active effects each other. 
Diagonal walls surrounding the classrooms in FLA will create the place where people are gathering in the continuous spaces or give changing of sunlight into the inside. In ISAK, students do not have homerooms. Therefore, in their free time, between the classes or after school, they find their favorite places in campus to study or to have a meeting or do other activities. KAC is designed as a new educational environment where people can gather and leave at various scales and the usage will be changed according to the situations. It could be used for free time by one person or for group learning by 3 to 10 people or for classes carried out by 10 to 20 people or for lectures held by much more people.
 
浅間山の麓にキャンパスを持つインターナショナルスクール・オブ・アジア軽井沢(ISAK)の拡張計画。
管理運営機能と図書室機能が併設された教室棟=KAMIYAMA Academic Center(KAC)と寮棟=Residence 4が求められた。
爽やかな夏と厳しい冬、大勢と少人数。緩やかな勾配をもった雑木林の中にいろいろな学生の居場所、学習の場を滑り込ませた、キャンパスの新しい拠点としてKACを提案した。
地形をなぞり3つのレベルで雁行した平面に5.9mスパンで120角の木柱を立て、条例による軽井沢の風景に馴染んだ1/5勾配の切妻大屋根を架けた、木造ながら空間に拡がりを感じられる構成を考えた。
外周に5つの小さな教室、2つのコーナー、必要諸室を配し、それらの隙間から光や雑木林と緩やかに繋がりながら囲まれるスペースをFlexible Learning Area(FLA)に割り当てている。
場を規定するために設えた可動間仕切りを開閉することで、FLAが空間的に拡張・収縮し、教室やコーナーには多様性がうまれ、建築の全体や部分での使い方に想像力を与えていく。また、教室を囲う斜め壁がFLAに現れることで、ひとつながりの空間に人の集まる拠り所がうまれたり、陽光の移ろいが内部に届けられたりと、FLAと教室、雑木林の間に多様な作用を与えあう関係性をつくっている。
ISAKは授業が履修制であり学級を持たないため、授業の空き時間や放課後に学生各々がキャンパス内に好きな場所を見つけ学習やミーティングをしている光景が印象的である。
KACでは、無目的な滞在、読書や1,2人による個人学習から、3~10人程度によるミーティングやグループ学習、10~20人で行われる授業やそれ以上で行われるレクチャーなど、様々なスケールで離合集散する新しい教育の環境を考えた。
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