Fukushima Gender Equality Center

The Fukushima Gender Equality Center sits at the base of a hill in front of Kasumiga Castle, in historic Nihonmatsu City. The building rests on a brick foundation sunken into the hill, and surrounds an open south-facing courtyard to the rear. The louver-clad upper levels enclosing this courtyard appear to float above this base. On the interior, a three dimensional public space serves as the building's core. A variety of functions (training rooms, meeting rooms, exhibit and information areas, and guest rooms) surround the core and create a constant sense of activity and life here.

Location: Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, Japan
Completion Date: 2000
Building Type: Learning Center, Auditorium
Structural System: Steel Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: 1 Basement + 6 Stories + 2 Penthouse
Site Area: 16,387m²
Building Area: 2,199m²
Total Floor Area: 6,999m²
Structural Engineer: Hanawa Structural Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Sogo Consultants
■ Publication
GA:2001. No.51
■ Awards / Competition
Building Contractors Society Prize(2002)
Tohoku Architectural Award(2002)
First Prize, open proposal (1997)