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Mizuta Mikio Memorial Hall // 2017
Saitama, Japan

©Kenichi Suzuki

Mizuta Mikio Memorial Hall
// 2017
Project Title: Mizuta Mikio Memorial Hall
Consultants: N/A
Location: Saitama, Japan
Collaborators: N/A
Size: 19,500 sq. ft.
AOR / SMEP: Kume Sekkei Co., Ltd
Use: Reception Hall with Auditorium, Gallery, Conference Rooms and Offices
Status: Completed April 2017
Client(s): Josai University

Commissioned to mark the 50-year anniversary of Josai University’s founding, this multi-function Memorial Hall includes an auditorium, pre-function area, kitchen, offices and a founder’s room. Situated at the foot of Josai Hill, an important symbol for the campus, a key concept was developing a solution which would be in symbiosis with the hill. A low slung, gently arched roof mimics the topography of the hillside and minimizes the height of the building. Underneath the roof, three terraced levels follow the sloping terrain to create an expansive atrium space with framed views out of the forest to the South.

The architecture of the Memorial Hall bridges the natural landscape, which surrounds, and winds its way through the campus, with the landscape of campus buildings; striking a harmonious balance between the natural and built environments.

A key space in the Memorial Hall is the Founders Room. A double height space, set adjacent to the main atrium, which outlines history of the University along with the storied life of its Founder, Mikio Mizuta, through photos, artifacts and motion graphics.