BAIKO GAKUIN UNIVERSITY – The Learning Station CROSSLIGHT
The new building of Baiko Gakuin University aims to provide a place for students to develop the capacity to think and the power to live. Conventional notions such as »corridors« and »classrooms« were eliminated. In this way, students’ activities and class sessions are exposed on the façades that communicates the university’s intellectual activities, and gradually become a part of the city. Our idea was to give unique characteristics to each space, just as each student has their own characteristics too.
Statement of the jury
The design abandons the linear arrangement of traditional classrooms and instead creates an open room structure with all kinds of seating arrangements. This creates a special architecture that is already externally evident in the extraordinary concept, an architecture that cannot be taken in at a single glance, but wishes instead to be discovered and consequently never becomes boring.