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Uto Elementary School

宇土市立宇土小学校

This elementary school is located inUtoCity,Kumamotoprefecture, approximately two airplane hours south ofTokyo. It has a characteristic weather of its high temperature and humidity.

The project was selected in an open competition as part of a masterplan for the Kumamoto Artpolis, and its realization and opening is scheduled for September 2011.

Various sizes of courtyards and L-shaped walls become a device of gently articulation and connection of spaces allows for reversing “in” and “out”, “class rooms” and “corridor/workspace”.

L-shaped wall, identify each class room, has big whole towards corridor. Spaces around the wall, where students’ activity happen, completely open to outside.

The aim for this project has been to form the whole as to become and feel like the outside, where “in” and “out” are blended gradual transition of density.

敷地は熊本県の中央西部、天草方面につながる半島の根元部分に位置する。熊本アートポリスの一環として実施されたオープンプロポーザルで最優秀に選ばれた、1000人近い児童数を抱える大規模校の改築計画である。

大勢の子どもたちと教員からなる学校の空間を、建築によって過度に秩序付けるのではなく、逆にできるだけ緩やかに空間を構成し、樹木の間に伸びやかに開放的に場所を生み出すことを目指した。

樹木の群に「L 壁」の群を滑り込ませ、ゆるやかに区切られながらいくつもの中庭を孕んで広がるワンルームの空間が現れた。

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