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Kibi kougen Elementary School


Kibichuo Town, Okayama Prefecture. This is the first elementary school to be constructed in this new town open to the calmness of the Chugoku Mountains.The site had already been leveled, but because it is a plateau where fresh air may be felt, and because it was sufficientry expansive, we adopted a spatial prposal with many inner courtyards and single-storied buildings assembled from industrial wood. The concept of a school with a minimal roof like a pergola among the various kinds of trees in a park, is shown in the model with its roof removed. The open-school-style planning is entirely transparent on the horizontal level, and makes visible the flows of activity inside.