Program: A three-story, 83,760-square-foot private elementary school affiliated with Teikyo University in suburban Tokyo. The project includes classrooms, a library, a media center, a music room, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium.

Design concept and solution: Since opening in 2005, Teikyo University Elementary School had outgrown its quarters in one of the university’s existing buildings. The school wanted to give each department its own space while keeping the atmosphere warm and intimate, despite the increase in size. The architects created acedar-clad, reinforced-concrete schoolhouse with a rakish steel roof.Allowing program to dictate form in this long, rectangular building, the team either lifted or lowered the roof in twelve connected segments that suggest a row of houses. They reserved the shorter segments—where specialized programs such as English and musicare concentrated—for the school’s north side to mirror the scale of a public-housing complex across the street. On the building’s south end, three stories of classrooms overlook a playing field. The architects took advantage of the roof’s dramatic angles to create sight lines between upper and lower floors while keeping an intimate scale where it counts, as in the ground-floor classrooms for the youngest children.They gave the interiors a warm palette of recycled wood finishes: laminated poplar on classroom walls, as well as rush board and OSSB panels for walls at entrances and open spaces.

Location: 1254-6 Wada, Tama-shi, Tokyo



Teikyo Gakuen



2-24-8 Minami Aoyama,
Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107.0062 Japan


Type of Project:

New construction


Principal Use:

School building


Design and Supervision:

Nihon Sekkei and Kengo Kuma & Associates



Reinforced concrete and partly reinforcing steel, steel frame



HBM method


Number of Stories:

1 underground, 2 stories above


Site area:

245,988 square feet


Built area:

47,415 square feet


Total area:

83,765 square feet


Floor area for each story:

1F:43,940 square feet
2F:25,726 square feet
3F: 14,101 square feet


Maximum Height:

46 feet


Height of Eave:

39 feet

Height of story for regular classrooms:

13 feet


Height of ceiling for regular classrooms:

9 feet


Design Period:

2010.07 - 2011.02


Construction Period:

2011.02 - 2012.02




Nihon Sekkei


Utilities, Equipment

Nihon Sekkei



Takenaka Corporation



Daishin Denki Kogyo


Air condition