A research building called Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (currently Kavli IPMU) was to be constructed at the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, and I was consulted about a rooftop light-up. For this advanced research laboratory, which studies dark matter, I chose the concept of “a light-up reminiscent of the universe” and attempted a lighting design that combined both function and performance in a rooftop garden in the shape of an outdoor stepped area for lectures. By embedding light in the architectural elements of the steps such as underfoot and in the wall surfaces, I created a free-spirited space. For the lighting system in the structure over the podium, in addition to white light for lectures, I also designed a range of light-ups based on the motifs of night sky, aurora boreal and dawn that can be selected as preset programs so as to cater for multiple purposes. Since it has been completed, I hear that it has become a nighttime landmark for Kashiwa.
: Université de Tokyo
Project Team : Hidetoshi Ono & Hiroyuki Aoshima Architects
Dates : 2008-2010
New institutionnal construction
Hanging gardens lighting design