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Department of Design and Architecture

Renovation project of public housing

Sayado; A covering structure which is built to protect the inner main building
Sayado; A covering structure which is built to protect the inner main building

This is a project to renovate public housing built in 1975.To strengthen the old buildings, we covered the decrepit reinforced-concrete building with Sayado, a covering structure built to protect the inner main building. Using the Sayado method, the building has two layers, the existing concrete layer as well as a newly-built wooden layer. This allows us to switch between these two layers just as people change clothes depending on the weather and circumstances.

As a result, this double-skin layer creates a comfortable indoor environment in response to the outdoor climate. The intermediate spaces between these two layers can be used as an additional space, providing residents with active lifestyle alternatives. This project was recognized in the "24th Architectural Environmental Design Competition" with the theme of "Living on the Earth".

Environmental Design and Study of Landscapes

At the Environmental Design Lab, we mainly focus on the interrelationships of people, environments, and spaces, to create outstanding environmental designs.
Most importantly, one of our primary focuses is landscape research, such as in the following examples.

  1. A Study on Visual Sequence in Japanese Landscapes
  2. A Study on Notation of Views
  3. A Study on Recognition of Hilltop Landscapes

Study on the space design from the view point of human space perception specifics

Design education
Our seminar investigates the planning of retail spaces,and aims to develop new concepts for the construction of exciting interior spaces. We use Computer Graphics and walkthrough simulations as a tool to evaluate and study space designs.

Ideally, the design living spaces should reflect the specifics of how people perceive space.Our digital design laboratory focuses on the following factors, in addition to conducting a broad investigation of design problems.

  1. A comparison of space cognition according to whether the left or right hemisphere of the brain is dominant.
  2. A study of gender differences from the view point of space recognition strategies.

Product Design

Our research explores the properties of various products that are fundamental to people's daily lives, including large-scale products such as cars and trains, and smaller scaled products such as furniture, home appliances, and so on. For a product design to be successful and a welcome part of our lives, the aspect of yutakasa (true richness) is essential. To achieve this quality, we must strive to gain further understanding of products that embody the true essence of yutakasa, and seek innovative proposals for the design of successful new products.

Product Design

Product Design
Sayado; A covering structure which is built to protect the inner main building

Products do not exist as single objects. They are deeply intertwined with each other in their environments, the spaces around us, and in our lives.

That is to say, we believe that product design is more than simply the design of shapes and the use of color: it is fundamental to making people's lives more pleasurable and fulfilling, and it can also help solve hidden problems in our daily lives.

At Product Design Lab 2, although we generally focus on lighting design and the design of illuminated spaces, we also design a wide-ranging variety of products such as furniture, cookware, and stationery. Furthermore, we also carry out research, and lecture on materials and fabrication techniques that are essential to the product design process.

Visual Design Lab

Visual Design Lab
Sayado; A covering structure which is built to protect the inner main building

Visual elements such as letters, characters, icons, photographs and symbols, which are basic elements of design, are items worthy of research and careful study. Books, advertisements, packages, and web sites are not merely objects to read or view. Such items contain information, or "messages", on a variety of levels. In this course, we will analyze the design and techniques (including research and marketing) used to precisely convey these embedded messages. Moreover, this course will examine how editing and planning careful adjusts phrasing used and the conveyed message. Finally, this course will touch upon the area of "design history," surveying both current trends and those of the past.