The project by the Japanese studio of Junya Ishigami is at the same time building and plaza, and gives the campus a large multipurpose area.
After completing in 2008 the workshops for KAIT (Kanagawa Institute of Technology) in Atsugi, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, the university center had no doubt assigning this new project to the Japanese practice headed by Junya Ishigami. On this occasion, the proposal responds to two fundamental needs: to give students a new meeting space, where they can socialize and take a break, and to provide the university with a multipurpose space to host all kinds of events. The final solution is a semi-exterior void that forms a public square for the enjoyment of students of the Kanagawa Institute.
As a continuous tapestry, it gently adapts to the irregular terrain and invites visitors to sit on the floor and take over the space as they please. The undulating roof spreads not far over them, tensing the relationship between floor and ceiling. Bringing the definition of versatility to an extreme, the roof spans extraordinary distances without interior supports, thereby protecting an uninterrupted space that feels like outdoors thanks to huge rectangular perfo-rations above. Executed with welded steel plates, this velarium of sorts dilates and contracts in accordance with the temperature and opens up to sky.