Kengo Kuma And Associates has created a “wooden house” for its new campus in the world's second-oldest International school in Yokohoma, Japan. The building's striking feature is its facade covered by folding wood panels consolidated with planters. The school was founded in 1924, where they held classes in a rented room at the YMCA in the city with one teacher and only six students between the ages of six years to twelve years. Now the school has enrolled students of more than 54 nationalities and also employed more than 100 teachers from over 15 nationalities. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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Tilting Wood Panels on The Facade
Wrapping the facade with tilting wooden panels consolidated with planters, the Kengo Kuma associates defines the school as a soft and human-scale “wooden house”.
The rooftop of the school is a Japanese-style garden facing down toward a space of harbour below which the team says ‘embodies the school’s respect for diversity and Japanese culture.’
Interiors of Kengo Kuma’s new campus building
"By connecting classrooms and sports facilities with open hubs, we created a fluid living room-like environment in between classrooms, avoiding closed corridors as much as possible," says Kengo Kuma.
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‘In the center of the facilities, an atrium filled with daylight serves as an inner courtyard. Within the atrium, a symbolic staircase, ‘Lily Pads,’ functions as a multifunctional open space, to hold classes and performances.’
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