Tokyo University of Art and Design
1986 - 1993
Site Area: 86,063 sqmBuilding Area: 10,908 sqmTotal Floor Area: 25,461 sqm
The Tokyo University oa Art and Design relocated from midtown to Tokyo to a new campus on a hilly site that straddles the border between Nachioji and Machida to the west of Tokyo. Our approach is to foster a relationship to the largely intact natural landscape of the area instead of leveling hills and filling in valleys. The was to preserve the natural “skyline” of the mountain peaks as far as possible and the facilities were to be designed like the original villages in the valleys, which the buildings nestled into the trees. The service road that connects all the facilities would circumnavigate the hills and valleys in such a way that the buildings could be easily hidden from view. The foot of the hill that defines the campus outline will not be altered in order to leave that environment as it is. Although some compromises were necessarily most of these goals were successfully met.