Apr 25, 2012

kumiko inui: shichigahama elementary school + junior high school

'shichigahama elementary school + junior high school' by the office of kumiko inui, miyagi, japan
all images courtesy of office of kumiko inui

japanese practice office of kumiko inui has designed the 'shichigahama elementary school + junior high school',
an educational campus in a small town in shichigahama of miyagi, japan. the peninsula's landscape of lush forests
led to a configuration which welcomes the outdoors into the learning environment. the building's open
and permeable boundary creates a connection with trees and plants which surround the structure.

four-legged huts of varying sizes are dedicated to diverse activities. scattered throughout the interior,
their placement fragments the open plan to produce more intimate spaces. the series of pavilions and courtyards
blur boundaries between the interior and exterior, integrating nature into classrooms and gathering spaces,
aiming to generate an ideal atmosphere for students.

classroom set within the trees and plantings

aerial view of masterplan

project info:

date: 2012.02
type: education
status: ongoing
staff: kumiko inui , takeshi murakuni , shunsuke yamane
location: miyagi, japan
consultant: jun sato structural engineers, kankyo engineering inc
photo: office of kumiko inui

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