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Name   International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies
     
Architects   MAKI, FUMIHIKO
     
Date   2010
     
Address   Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
     
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Floor Plan   6365.21 SQ.M.
     
Description   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.
     
     
     
     
     
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