Takeshi Hosaka Architects, whose Hoto Fudo – earlier this year – catapulted them into blogosphere fame, has recently completed “Honogodai Christ Church School & Nursery” an educational complex that includes nursery, primary and secondary schooling. Their mission statement is “to provide an environment where everyone from infants to high school seniors can blend into the lushness of forestry.”
The school is located in Yokohama; a 10-minute bus ride from Konandai Station.
The rationale behind the zig-zaging structure was to preserve and incorporate all the preexisting trees. You can see that some of them have been “swallowed” by the building to create a total of 5 courtyards. The cubic structure, combined with all-glass windows and doors, maintains a significant level of transparency between different rooms.
Check out the fluorescent lighting on the ceiling. It’s in the shape of a cross.