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Kavli IPMU Building

Piazza Fujiwara
The University of Tokyo’s Kashiwa Campus is home to the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU). Kavli IPMU is one of the institutes that was established under the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative. The Institute also receives funding from the world-known Kavli Foundation.

The Kavli IPMU building’s design was based on the concept of “spaces for discussion.” In the center of Kavli IPMU is an open space called the Piazza Fujiwara. Surrounding the Piazza Fujiwara in an ascending spiral are 77 offices spread over three stories. By utilizing this helical structure instead of placing the offices on different floors, all of the offices can be reached just by walking along the spiral incline, helping to create an environment where everyone at the Institute can work on equal terms with one another.

Since its completion in 2010, the Kavli IPMU building has already received two prestigious Japanese awards for architecture: one from the Architectural Institute of Japan in 2011 and the BCS Prize from the Japan Federation of Construction Contractors in 2012.

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