Kanagawa Institute of Technology, KAIT workshop, near Tokyo is the first project in which Ishigami succeeds in expanding the idea of blurring spaces. This project has become an ambiguous space, which no longer has any visible identifiable boundaries. Ishigami says about his interest in architecture: “A quality of nature is that it is governed by certain rules which at the same time we’re never really aware of… I am interested in creating something that would merge into this normally that surrounds us.”
Kanagawa Institute of Technology technical information
- Architects: Junya Ishigami + Associates | Junya Ishigami Profile
- Location: Kanagawa, Tokyo, Japan
- Program: Educational Architecture / University
- Site area: 129,335m2
- Total floor area: 1,989.15m2
- Structure: Steel frame
- Maximum height: 5,052mm
- Photographs: © Junya Ishigami + Associates
I was beginning to think there could be a flexibility that results when the plans or other different factors remain in effect, from simply softening and blurring their boundaries. Through this thinking my interest shifted. I became interested in finding a way to design space somehow free of geometry or any rules. I imagined this could lead to a new universality in space.
– Junya Ishigami
Kanagawa institute of Tecnology article
Reflecting the surrounding cherry blossom trees onto its transparent façade, the ‘KAIT’ studio/workplace by japanese junya ishigami+associates offers a range of experiences within the one open-plan volume. Located at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology campus in the suburbs of Tokyo, the building was designed to offer multiple activities, enabling a sense of flexibility for its users. The brief from the client called for a place where students could work on diverse self-initiated projects of making things, while also being open for local public usage.
‘To ensure that users would be have the freedom to alter the spaces to meet different needs within a reasonably short time period, it began to make more sense to me to pursue flexibility in the relations between adjoining places, and in the way various spaces are connected with each other.’
– Junya Ishigami
The resulting free-forming room both blurs its edges between the numerous internal programs, and also the connection between the inside and outside world. A total of 305 pillars are dotted throughout, with differences in size and shape they reference the irregular nature of tree trunks, evoking the sense of wandering through an unknown forest.
Article by Junya Ishigami + Associates
The aim of the project is to seek an ambiguity of architecture. The building is a single-storey, one-room roughly 2000 square meters large. This is a facility for students to come in whenever they like. Facades are all glass. There are no earthquake-resisting walls or braces whatsoever. This building relies entirely on an ensemble of slight columns of varying proportions. None of the 305 columns are identical in cross-shaped section and angle. Subtle differences in the shape of the columns are defined by their structural purpose and the role of the spaces they create. Groups of columns ambiguously divide the area to create a number of different spaces. The columns are arranged within the architecture as trees placed on a landscape, It makes a comfortable space like forest.
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About Junya Ishigami
Junya Ishigami was born in 1974 and graduated as architect. He has worked with Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of widely recognized firm SANAA before setting up his own tokyo-based atelier: Junya Ishigami+associates, in 2004.
Since then, Ishigami has worked on a number of installations and designs that have been exhibited on an international platform such as the venice architecture biennale in 2008, where he created a garden installation in the japanese pavilion space, and the same event in 2010, where he exhibited the ‘chateau la coste’ installation – a project that won him the golden lion award.