International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies

International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies is a graduate school specifically for students who wish to pursue research in Buddhism. The size of the student body merely consists of 20 students who are enrolled in a five-year Master/PhD program. In this sense, the school functions more as a research laboratory rather than a typical college. The new campus site is planned on the former estate of the last Shogunate Yoshinobu Tokugawa. The rich greenery of the estate is still present on the site, especially symbolized by a large Ginko tree on the eastern corner that has existed since Yoshinobu’s time. Taking advantage of this existing greenery and the steep topography of the site, Maki and Associates designed six small buildings that range from three to four stories in height. Such dispersed site planning allows for the design of courtyards and semi-outdoor spaces around the buildings and creates a similar experience to being in the woods. It is hoped that the new campus, surrounded by courtyards and woods, fosters a serene and intimate environment appropriate for learning and research.

Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Completion Date: 2010
Building Type: College, Dormitory
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel(Entrance)
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 3 Stories
Site Area: 9,103.08m²
Building Area: 2,149.12m²
Total Floor Area: 6,365.21m²
Structural Engineer: Takenaka Corporation
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Takenaka Corporation
■ Notes
Landscape Architect:Studio on site
■ Publication
■ Awards / Competition
Bunkyo Ward Urban Design Award(2011)
Building Contractors Society Prize(2014)