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Sophia Arrupe International Residence

Residential / 2019

Type Residential
Service Architecture / Interior
Owner Sophia School Corporation
Project Team Design Architect / Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc. Architects, Design and Supervision / Fujita Corporation
Construction Fujita Corporation
Total floor area 4,955.73㎡
Floor, Structure 9F, RC
Location 33-7 Shinano-Machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0016
Photograph Naoomi Kurozumi, Prize

About the Project

This project was to build an international student dormitory for Sophia University, a leading player in the globalization of university education. The site is at a prime location in the heart of Tokyo, namely, in front of JR Shinanomachi Station, a 15-minute walk from the Yotsuya Campus. With the concept “SPACE TO GROW—a place for the development of global human resources,” the new student dormitory was aimed to allow students to enjoy learning while embracing diverse values and transcending differences of nationality, religion, gender, and others.

The 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 students with a place to relax and converse outdoors but also intended to contribute to the creation of an attractive neighborhood that would lower the urban heat island phenomenon. To keep the affluent greenery feel of the existing campus, the interior also has a nature theme for the student dormitory. The use of natural motifs will help foreign students enjoy a better quality of life and health and is expected to reduce stress, improves sociability, and problem-solving skills, and stabilize physiological functions.

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