AKA: inariyama special education school AKA: inariyama special education school
jul 26, 2011

AKA: inariyama special education school

‘inariyama special education school’ by atsushi kitagawara architects in chikuma, nagano, japan all images courtesy atsushi kitagawara architects image © hiroyuki kurashima

‘inariyama special education school’ by japanese practice atsushi kitagawara architects (AKA) is a 15, 000 m2 educational facility composed of multiple building units in chikuma, nagano, japan. conceived as a ‘town’-like architecture, the design combines outdoor courtyards, open spaces, and small vegetable fields in its composition to stimulate activities for both the children and the local community.

fly-by view image © takumi ota

utilizing traditional japanese wood construction technique, the school is almost entirely made of lumber from the nagano prefecture. the general form and roof shape of the buildings feature large intersecting pitches that can be clearly read from the outside. abstract, branch-like structures clad in a shade of yellow highlight the construction of the school while lending the buildings a distinct visual identity within the area.

exterior view image © takumi ota

utilizing neither metallic materials or glued-laminated timber, the structural components of the school makes transparent its wooden construction by having it the focal point of the interior space. interweaving lumber units provide a rhythmic effect to the ceiling with the majority of the finished surfaces also being done in larch. the choice of local materials coupled with the construction technique kept both the energy consumption and CO2 exhaust during the manufacturing process to a minimum. 

facade element image © takumi ota

image © takumi ota

sheltered drop-off zone image © hiroyuki kurashima

atrium image © takumi ota

roof structure image © takumi ota

class room image © takumi ota

indoor gymnasium image © hiroyuki kurashima

outdoor space image © takumi ota

night view image © takumi ota

  • Really nice!

    GIARQ says:
  • Absolutely Lovely

    shiba design says:
  • What a Beautiful school.
    Excellent roof trusses.

    Constructural Realism - Maui says:
  • Exceptionally honest architecture.

    JLK says:
  • From design concept, through construction and the finished product – a deep integrity shown throughout. Big thumbs up. One wonders whether the building ethics will rub off on the pupils d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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