Oita education center

photo Toshiyuki Yano

Oita education center

Oita-city, Oita, Japan
Training facility

Fluidity, openness and economy
Major renovation of a 45-year-old training facility

(1) Improve earthquake resistance by reducing weight, not reinforcing
The balcony, eaves, spandrel walls, parapet, and stairs were removed to reduce the weight of the building. That improved the earthquake resistance and openness of the space. In addition, a light steel-frame roof was added to protect the building.

(2)Improve the fluidity and functionality of the building by to add the roof, stairs and connecting corridors.
The new stairs, connecting corridors and platforms are independent structures and do not affect the existing structure. These elements have a significant impact on the impression of the building.

(3) Building a platform that goes through the building and the site
The platform provides a place for interaction, exhibition and relaxation that has never been seen before. The platform and the connecting corridors create a north-south flow line and the new stairs on the east-west side create an east-west movement. As a result an unprecedented fluidity of the entire facility is created.