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Sophia University Building 15

Sophia University Building 15

Building 15 of Sophia University's Yotsuya Campus is based on the theme of "turning the city into a forest," and aims to contribute to achieving the SDGs and realizing a carbon-free society, as well as to become a sustainable landmark for the region. It opened in the fall of 2022 as a base for adult education and community interaction. The facility is a three-story wooden, fire-resistant structure designed and construction by Sumitomo Forestry, and uses "Kigurumi FR®," an original pure wood fire-resistant laminated lumber made from cedar from Tama for the main structural parts. The façade, which is covered with crisscrossing wooden lattices, is concept design to express "diversity," "interaction with others," "truth," and "tradition," which are linked to Sophia University's founding principles. The first floor will operate a cafe that is open to the public, and will provide the space for a disaster prevention warehouse to nearby neighborhood associations as part of community contribution activities. The second and third floors are also used as classrooms for the "Professional Studies" course for working adults. We were in charge of design, layout, and construction of the third floor, which is used as a classroom for working adults. We aimed to create a space that would be a place to gather, learn from each other, and talk, and to foster wisdom. We also linked the story of the architecture to the materials that make up the space, using Nishikawa timber (cedar and cypress) from concept design, which, together with materials from Tama, helped build the city of Edo.

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Fukunuma Umino Square

Fukunuma Umino Square

The concept is "symbiosis". This is a project to establish an exchange base in the Arahama area of Sendai City, which was affected by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Based on the concept of an ``inclusive society'' where people of all generations and with or without disabilities can gather, we have created an ``open space'' where you can enjoy activities and events and learn about disaster prevention and mitigation. The site area is 1.3 hectares. The site consists of three areas: a cafe and co-working space, a farm, and an inclusive facility where children with disabilities can play. The clubhouse uses VR equipment jointly developed by a major telecommunications company and a local university to become a place for children to learn about disaster prevention, where they can learn about the Arahama area before and after the earthquake and how to respond in the event of a disaster. I am. The project is part of Sendai City's project to utilize the site of a disaster prevention collective relocation site, and is funded by a subsidy from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Our company provided support for acquisition applications and completion reports. This time, we completed the clubhouse area as the first phase. Aiming to create facilities that take root in the community and grow together with them, parks and indoor facilities are planned to be developed in stages based on future projections in collaboration with local residents.

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Muroran City Environmental Science Museum

Muroran City Environmental Science Museum

As a successor to Hokkaido's first science museum, "Muroran City Youth Science Museum (opened in 1963)," this new museum has been opened with a new theme of "environment." The museum aims to create displays that will familiarize a wide range of generations, especially children, with science on a daily basis and give them hope for the future of the earth and the region. The environmental corner introduces environmental innovation projects that utilize Muroran's individuality and strengths cultivated through manufacturing, as well as efforts toward a sustainable future. The main displays, "Watching Moruelani," is a virtual exhibit in which visitors walk on satellite photos of Muroran spread across the floor and use an AR tablet to explore manufacturing, renewable energy sites, and natural spots. Visitors can displays scenery that is usually difficult to see in real life, such as 360-degree images of factories and drone footage of natural landscapes. The science experience corner is made up of devices that allow visitors to experience the basics and principles of science. Some of the equipment from the old building has been remade and reinstalled, inheriting the history of the facility and the memories of the residents. The scattered devices are connected by experiment counters, enhancing the face-to-face communication space, and play elements are also incorporated into displays, such as large play equipment based on Muroran's nature.

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