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Sophia Arrupe International Residence

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Completion
2019
Project name
Sophia Arrupe International Residence
Location
33-7 Shinano-Machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0016 MAP
Owner
Sophia School Corporation
Total floor area
4,955.73㎡
Floor, Structure
9F, RC
Project Team
Design Architect / Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects, Design and Supervision / Fujita Corporation
Photograph
Naoomi Kurozumi, Prize

About the Project

The project was to build an international student dormitory for Sophia University, a leading player in the globalization of university education, at a prime location in the heart of Tokyo, namely, in front of JR Shinanomachi Station, a 15-minute walk from the Yotsuya Campus. Under the concept “SPACE TO GROW—a place for the development of global human resources,” the aim of the new student dormitory was to allow students to enjoy learning while embracing diverse values and thereby transcending differences of nationality, religion, gender and others.
Our design structure is based on the concept of biophilia (love of life and nature). The exterior design adopted an earth tone as the base color and made full use of wood-like materials, including wood-effect tiles, wood-tone paint and cedar board formed concrete, to create a natural-looking landscape. The greening of the rooftop terrace not only provides dormitory students with a venue to relax and converse outdoors but is also intended to contribute to the creation of an attractive neighborhood and mitigation of the urban heat-island phenomenon. In line with the leafy feel of the existing campus of Sophia University, we also used a nature theme for the design of the dormitory interior. The use of natural motifs is expected to reduce stress, improve sociability and problem-solving skills, stabilize physiological functions and improve health, and therefore will help foreign students enjoy a better quality of student life.

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