Located in Kyoto, Japan, Kyoto Seika University Main Building was designed by Suzuki Design Network. Kyoto Seika University was established in 1968. It was a small school that had only about 200 students but now has grown up to have over 4,000 students in 4 faculties; Art, Design, Manga, and Humanities. The main building acts as a ‘head office’, which was built at the early stage of the history, but became old and too small. In 2007, the board began to plan a new main building.
The expression is designed not in an arbitrary way, but takes its form from the surrounding environment. The architect tried to draw many lines according to the surroundings of the site and then create the shape by connecting the crossing points made by these lines.
Surrounding the emptiness, many lines were drawn to make the outline of the building. A huge triangle emerged as the façade, designed with glass so that students can see office workers and other students inside of the building, and at the same time they will find the landscape and themselves reflected on the glass. This is the expression on the ‘face’ of the school.
Just after entering the building, students will look up and have a vision of the sky at the top of the void. They may go up stairs to seize the sky. Staircases are impressively coloured red or blue with the light from the sky. When they reach the highest floor, they will find atop the tower a rock in a Japanese traditional garden and a view over the west of the mountains nearby.