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  7. Tohogakuen School of Music / Nikken Sekkei

Tohogakuen School of Music / Nikken Sekkei

  • 20:00 - 15 December, 2015
Tohogakuen School of Music / Nikken Sekkei
Tohogakuen School of Music / Nikken Sekkei, © Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda

© Harunori Noda © Harunori Noda © Harunori Noda © Harunori Noda + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chofu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Design Team

    Tomohiko Yamanashi , Hatori Tatsuya,Yasuyo Sasayama,Yoshito Ishihara/NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • Area

    1943.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Interior Works

    Tomohiko Yamanashi Hatori Tatsuya,Yasuyo Sasayama,Yoshito Ishihara/NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • C&S [Civil & Structural Engineer]

    T oshihiko Kouno , Yukio Koori,Mari Ida/NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • M&E [Mechanical & Electrical Engineer]

    Chiharu Sakae, Kai Yamashita、Makoto Hishida , Naoko Okada,Shin Inoue / NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • Acoustics

    Yoshihide Shiba,Ami Aoki/ NIKKEN SEKKEI
  • Software development

    TACHIBANA & SAKAMOTO Laboratory, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
  • Wind and Daylight Simulations

    Marie Nakaso /(NIKKEN SEKKEI Digital Design Lab.)
  • Quantity Surveyor

  • Main Contractor

    Shimizu Corporation
  • Client

    Tohogakuen School of Music
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© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda

Text description provided by the architects. Project of a music college in a typical suburban setting of Tokyo.

Through exploration of creating an appropriate place for learning music, apart from the old one-side corridor compartment style lesson rooms, similar to a prison house, new arrangements of lesson rooms has been developed in which it’s not a typical campus style, nor dispersive location of schools.It has a look of a city observed in Quartier Latin.

© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda

There has been a demand for a more visual connection among co-musicians or surroundings rather than for an isolated space.There are necessities of eye-contact with the other participants. Occasionally,for the sake of different acoustic conditions, students tend to prefer corridors or staircases as oppose to isolated lesson rooms. Therefore it was preferable for lesson rooms and corridors to be utilized as spaces in sync for musical trainings, as well as maintaining acoustic independency. Furthermore, exploration of   opening up of the musical college “which tends to be isolated” to the surroundings, will contribute in bringing more liveliness as well as forming unity among the students.

© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda

The wall girder grids installed in the basement and on the second floor, will afford the acoustic independency by arranging lesson rooms discretely.It will also treat the lesson rooms and corridors equivalently by regarding the rest of the spaces as corridors. In addition, the openings at the corner of the lesson rooms contribute in creating continuous scenery unified with corridors visually as well as maintaining acoustic independency.A musical college deigned to contribute a favorable environment to the local community has been explored. Opening the ground level to the public by considering the upper and lower grid-like structures as roof and foundation is one of those efforts.

© Harunori Noda
© Harunori Noda
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Tohogakuen School of Music / Nikken Sekkei" 15 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Harunori Noda

桐朋学园大学 / Nikken Sekkei