Konan University Building 13

Hyogo 2004

This is a Konan University research building, located on the side of Mount Rokko, in Higashi-Nada, Kobe City. Because of the site conditions, a long and narrow building, measuring 14meters wide and 112meters long, was designed with a special laboratory, a large classroom and a student lounge in the first basement level, and research rooms and ordinary laboratories in the first and second floors. While maintaining a sense of logic and lucidity for this research building, the design point was how to make this 112-meter building into a bright and pleasant space.

By placing solid steel columns with a diameter of 140 millimeters in flat slabs at a span of five meters by seven meters, a 112-meter long homogenous and clear architectural system was built. With an atrium, balcony and light court, a space with both lucidity and richness was realized.
Inside the building there are the areas for the daily lives of the researchers, such as a middle corridor, staircases and terraces, which have been made open to the public and with appeal to the researchers in such a way as to give brightness to the overall facility. The middle corridor, although being somewhat cut off from the outside and could be a tasteless and dry space with this building, having so many openings in horizontal and vertical directions. Instead it has been turned into an attractive space for exchange. This space has been created with the hope of debate and new inspiration for the people there with light, greenery and wind in their daily lives.


Konan Gakuen

Location 6-1 Nishi-Okamoto, Higashi-Nada-ku, Kobe City
Design Takenaka Corporation
Construction Takenaka Corporation and one other company (JV)
Structure Reinforced concrete and Steel
Number of floors 2 fl. above and 1 fl. below ground
Total floor area 4,165 m²