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Gunma International Academy

2005Complete

CAnCAtSusumu UnoKazuhiro KojimaKazuko Akamatsu

This is a primary and secondary school complex built in the downtown area of Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo. It uses the new bilingual educational school system, involving the English Immersion Programme. Located in residential district, the school was designed as a series of wooden one-storey buildings settling subtly into the townscape and covering a vast area. Given that classes are taught in both English and Japanese, and from 36 to only a small number of students, the traditional alignment of classrooms was considered inappropriate and it was decided to use a programme to define the activity flow. As a result, the school becomes a ”big house”, a ”neighbourhood”, and a small city: each ”house” contains a 100 student grade, and each ”neighbourhood” contains three grades.

DATA

Location Ota-city,Gunma
Principal use Elementary School,Junior High School
Structure School Building:RC+Wooden Structure
Gymnasium:RC+S Structure
Number of stories 2 stories
Site area
Building area
Total floor area
22,902.19㎡
8,510.66㎡
7,935.20㎡

PHOTO

Photo Hiroshi Ueda

PUBLICATION

SHINKENCHIKU
NIKKEI ARCHITECTURE
GA JAPAN
KINDAI KENCHIKU
Casa BRUTUS

BOOK
2004.10/2005.07/2006.01
2005.04.04/2005.07.11
75
2005.08
2006.01

Gunma Architecture Guide(jomo publishing)

AWARD

American Wood Design Award 2005
Award, Ota City Scape
Selected in Architectural Design works of Architectural Institute of Japan 2007
JIA Award 2008
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