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​In our laboratory, we are working on projects such as participation in competitions and implementation design in cooperation with inside and outside the laboratory.

Here are some of the projects we have worked on in our laboratory.

Basic Plan for Renovation of Kamishihoro Town Hall Building (2022)

Based on the "Study on Seismic Retrofitting of Kamishihoro Town Hall and Other Buildings" in FY2021, specific renovation methods for the Kamishihoro Town Hall building were studied and a basic plan was formulated. After demolishing the old fire hall on the west side of the existing building, which is connected by expansion joints, a new building centering on the hall and council chambers will be constructed, and the central office building will be reduced from a three-story to a two-story structure. In addition to the ZEB conversion of the government building itself, a micro-grid will be prepared by reorganizing and consolidating a group of public facilities.

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Engineering N Building 216 Renewal Project (2021)

We collaborated with a private company to renovate the laboratory that our students use on a daily basis.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the number of students working remotely has increased as an option for laboratory activities, and there have been changes in the number of people using the laboratories and the usage situation. We designed the plan and fixtures so that the laboratory could flexibly respond to student activities, accumulate materials and exhibit results, and enable more lively discussions. In addition to the workshop during the examination process, it was a valuable experience in which all the students participated in the construction.

Niseko High School Hope Hill Dormitory Basic study for renewal plan (2020-2021)

In preparation for the renewal of the Niseko High School dormitory, we studied the ideal living environment for high school students based on their actual living conditions, and proposed a dormitory image based on the characteristics of the high school learning environment and the assumption that students can create a place to stay within the town of Niseko.

After studying the environment surrounding the dormitory through on-site surveys and interviews with high school students, we proposed a spatial image and management structure for the dormitory, and exchanged opinions with town residents through workshops.

Architectural Institute of Japan Award (Achievement) Resident-initiated Collective Relocation in Koizumi District, Kesennuma City (2021)

In the Koizumi district, which was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, residents took the initiative in consensus building and decision making, and through collaboration with experts, finalized a concrete housing site plan and realized group relocation. The number of new residents from outside the district is increasing in the depopulated area, and the community is expected to be sustained by the next generation.

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Kamishihoro Central Belt Concept 2020 (2019)

Based on the concept of reorganizing public facilities in Kamishihoro, "Town Arrangement", we proposed the Kamishihoro Central Belt Concept, which was developed in 2012, reflecting the facilities completed so far, as well as a draft plan for partial reconstruction and partial reduction and renovation of the town hall building.

Raccoon Alley 5-Chome Conversion Planning Study (2018)

We worked with a private company to develop a conversion plan for a commercial building in the Raccoon Alley shopping district. Based on the development history of the area, which saw a construction rush associated with the Winter Olympics about 50 years ago, we aimed to create a model of renewal required for the modern Sapporo urban area.

In order to take advantage of the location, which is expected to attract visitors from nearby residents and tourists, we proposed a place for care centered on health maintenance and tourism support, after considering functions and zoning that would allow for both profitability and public use.

North 11 West 4 Project (2017-2018)

A private company and our laboratory collaborated to design a sales promotion model room for a new compact condominium to be built in Sapporo.

Based on the location near Hokkaido University, the building type of compact condominiums, and the target of "single women in their 40s," we were conscious of creating rooms that were not only interesting but would also lead to condominium sales. The model room opened in July 2018.

Tomakomai Civic Hall (tentative name) construction master plan (2016-2018)

Tomakomai City has commissioned us to develop a basic plan for a new civic and cultural facility in Tomakomai, starting from the basic concept.

In order to realize the main theme of the basic concept, "A plaza for relaxation (public plaza) where people can feel familiarity and attachment - a third place for Tomakomai citizens," the basic guidelines expected of a complex facility were compiled, including site zoning, presentation of necessary rooms, and the incorporation of specific projects envisioned for the new facility in a collection of ideas. The basic guidelines expected of the complex are summarized in this report.

Basic design of a community center in Shihiuchi District, Higashikagura Town (2016-2017)

The Shihibiuchi district of Higashikagura Town is a small community with a population of approximately 100 people. Our laboratory was in charge of the basic design for the reconstruction of the Shihibiuchi Community Center, the center of the community.

During the planning and design process, fieldwork and workshops were held many times to give shape to the hopes and expectations of everyone from children to the elderly. Our goal was to create a community center that is a hangout where people can drop in anytime, and a place where residents can freely use it to foster their attachment to it as a place to stay.

(tentative name) Tomakomai Civic Hall construction basic concept (2015)

This is a basic concept for the development of new civic and cultural facilities by combining existing aging public facilities in Tomakomai City, such as the Civic Hall, Cultural Hall, and Labor Welfare Center. Our laboratory was commissioned with the task of formulating the plan.

The main theme of the project is "a plaza for relaxation (public plaza) where people can feel familiarity and attachment - a third place for Tomakomai citizens," and the seven basic principles and basic functions expected of a new complex facility are summarized.

JICA Hokkaido (Sapporo) Facility Utilization Plan (2015)

We proposed a renewal plan that aims to actively open the facility into a "glocal place to stay" so that local residents can easily visit JICA Hokkaido (Sapporo), interact with foreigners, and enjoy learning about different cultures.

Based on a questionnaire survey of Shiroishi Ward residents, interviews with related organizations, and a survey of the actual use of the facility by visitors and trainees, we compiled nine design ideas based on three policies: make the lobby more comfortable, make the corridors more enjoyable, and make full use of the courtyard, in order to create opportunities for natural interaction among those staying there.

Kamishihoro Town Machinaka Residences (Childcare Support) Model Plan (2015)

Kamishihoro Town is working to improve its living environment, focusing on the renewal of public housing through small-scale town insertion. Using the site of a former hospital near the Kamishihoro Town Hall as a site, we studied a model plan for child-rearing support housing that promotes living in the town.

The housing site plan and dwelling plans are based on specific assumptions about the developmental stages of children and families raising children. We proposed three themes: "Kamishihoro Common," "Kamishihoro Townhouse," and "Kamishihoro Collective.

Design for Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake (2015)

A special exhibition titled "Design for Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake" was held at the Hokkaido University Information Center "Elm Forest" as a public relations project planned by the University.

Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and memories of the disaster are beginning to fade from society. The exhibition was intended to provide an opportunity for citizens, residents of Hokkaido, and visitors to the area to take a fresh look at the current state of earthquake reconstruction by introducing the reconstruction support activities conducted by the laboratory.

Kamishihoro Town Emigration Promotion Housing "Tokachi Sky" No. 1 "Daichi House" (2014-2015)

As part of Kamishihoro's recent proactive efforts to promote immigration, a former staff housing complex adjacent to a closed school about 8 km from the city center was renovated into a rental housing complex where prospective immigrants can stay for medium to long periods of time.

The project was to renovate a former staff residence adjacent to a closed school about 8 km from the city center into a rental residence where prospective immigrants could stay for medium to long periods.

The concept was to "double the sense of space" in order to eliminate the cramped feeling of the existing housing and to allow the residents to fully enjoy the abundant nature spreading out on the site.

Town Reorganization @ Kamishihoro 2014 (2012-)

At the Kamishihoro Furusato Grand Thanksgiving Festival (Venue: Shinagawa Prince Hotel) held on February 1, 2015, we gave a presentation on Kamishihoro's public facility reorganization, which we have been working on continuously since 2012.

The presentation introduced the concept of public facility reorganization, "Town Seitai", its grand design, "Kamishihoro Central Belt Concept", as well as public facilities currently under design and construction based on the grand design.

Sapporo Spec (2014)

This is a work for the exhibition "Sapporo Section: Architecture 'Art and Architecture, Sapporo in the Future'" at the 500m Museum of Art in the Sapporo Odori Underground Gallery. Considering that the exhibition was held in the public space of a subway concourse

The aim of the exhibition is to stimulate Sapporo citizens' interest in architecture and urban planning by photographing casual scenes seen in the city, using academic terms that explain them and a single kanji character that simply indicates the state of the scene.

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Vitality of Makomanai to be Revitalized through Design and Management of the "Land" (2014)

This is a plan to reconstruct the Makomanai area from the perspective of both the design and management of the "ground", with the "ground" as the central theme. The "site" is not the facility itself, but the "ground" that contains the facility, and we propose networking and redesign of the ground, as well as a scheme and organization to carry out the networking and redesign.


Competition for Ideas for the Future of Makomanai

Honorable Mention

Proposers: Suguru Mori (Hokkaido University), Takayuki Saito (Filled Corporation), Kozo Tamiya (Compact City Corporation), Makoto Nishioka (Itogumi Construction Corporation), Hirohiro Umehara (Itogumi Construction Corporation)

Hokkaido University and Chongqing University International Workshop (2014)

Under the title of "Green-Eco-Sustainable Town Design Toward Glocalization," we held an international workshop with Chongqing University in China, with which we concluded an exchange agreement in 2014. Through hands-on living experience and interviews with local residents, the participants took on the challenge of proposing a sustainable vision for the local city. In the project introduction, we introduce the flow of the workshop, from the welcome meeting to fieldwork, design study, and proposal.


ART ZERO (Sapporo City Museum Renovation Ideas Competition) (2014)

The Sapporo City Museum, a historical building located at the west end of Odori Park, was proposed as "ART ZERO" in collaboration with Shimizu Corporation to reconstruct it as a base for citizens to confront the essence of art.

The U-shaped existing building is a wing of the museum. By cutting off the wing of the existing U-shaped building and inserting a small forest on the west side of the site, a new origin of art will be created in Sapporo, a city with an urban structure consisting of an axis and a base. The structural balance of the building has been improved through the reduction of the building to improve its earthquake resistance.


Passed the first screening

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Basic design of the head office building of Sukemitsu Corporation (2013 - 2014)

We were involved in the basic design of the new head office building of Sukemitsu, a remodeling company located in Kikusui, Sapporo. Sukemitsu asked me to propose the exterior design, and the project expanded to interior design and construction signage, and I was able to be involved in the completion of Sukemitsu's headquarters building for about a year. The project was not just about drawing plans, but also about meeting with the client and observing the construction site, which I was able to experience until the actual building was completed.

Koizumi District Collective Relocation Plan (2011 - )

We are pleased to present a poster of the Koizumi District Collective Relocation Plan, an ongoing project of the Hokkaido University Building Planning Laboratory.

This project, which began immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, has now taken a major step toward relocation in 2013, with land development for the relocation site having begun. The poster introduces the progress made so far in the workshops held by residents and the basic principles of the relocation plan.

Ofunato Whereabouts House Basic Design (2012-2013)

We conducted basic planning for a community facility for local residents as a post-disaster reconstruction center to be built in Matsuzaki-cho, Ofunato, Miyagi Prefecture. Considering the dramatic changes in the local structure and community due to reconstruction, we planned a facility that can be actively used by local residents through a construction process that utilizes traditional Kesen carpentry techniques and the relocation and reuse of an old local house in order to link reconstruction activities toward a new community structure.

Basic Design for Renovation of Kaiyomaru Administration Building (2010 - 2012)

This is a basic design for the renovation of the Kaiyomaru Administration Building, a public facility in the town of Esashi, Hokkaido.

With the aim of creating a lively atmosphere around Kaiyomaru, we proposed the use of a lot of glass throughout the building to create a sense of openness, especially in the training rooms, which were not being used.

Currently, the building has been reopened as "Esashi Umi no Eki Kaiyomaru" (Esashi Sea Station Kaiyomaru).

TREE HOUSE PROJECT 2011 in Geimori (2011)

Hokkaido University, Shimizu Corporation, and the Sapporo Art Park held a workshop to build a tree house in the outdoor museum of the Sapporo Art Park as one of the programs of "Junior Challenge Jam 2011". A total of four workshops were held every Sunday with 10 parent-child pairs in Sapporo, designed to enable children to experience the process from architectural study to construction, and to realize the appeal of manufacturing and architecture.

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Sheet "Renewal Vision of Kushiro Urban Area Using Green Buffer - Urban Design Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake" (2011)

This is a proposal for the urban renewal design of Kushiro City based on lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake while looking ahead to the era of population decline. The proposal aims to create a resilient city based on the following principles: "arrangement of green buffers," "elevation of JR lines and filling in of major traffic routes," "establishment of self-supporting neighborhood associations by residents," "symbolization of major urban functions," and "urban wood construction and tree circulation.

Sheet "Learning from Okushiri Then and Now" (2011)

This sheet was created in the hope that it would be useful in planning for recovery from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami by organizing and examining the recovery process and problems that occurred on Okushiri Island, which was severely damaged by the 1993 Hokkaido Nansei Oki Earthquake and Tsunami.

Ver03_1 is the final version.


June 12, 2011 Ver. 03_1 is now available.

June 10, 2011 Ver. 03 was released.

June 3, 2011 Ver. 02_1 was released.

May 31, 2011 Ver. 02 was released.

Daikichi Kitadai-mae-dori Store Floor Expansion PROJECT (2010 - 2011)

This is a floor expansion and renovation design of a tavern "Yakitori Daikichi" located in Kita Odori, Kita-ku, Sapporo.

We conducted a survey of the existing and expanded floor space, as well as a marketing survey of the area surrounding the restaurant, and then conducted an implementation design. Based on the concept of a "relaxing private room space," we proposed a comprehensive izakaya space with a relaxed atmosphere, including a plan and cross-sectional plan that incorporates three box seats in a space of only 7.8 m2, a lighting plan that creates depth, a storage plan that makes use of gaps, and furniture selection.

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Through the planning, design, and construction of a tree house on the Hokkaido University campus, students and young engineers in the field of architecture deepened their awareness of the natural environment and learned experientially about the essence of manufacturing in the age of the global environment.

As an opportunity to learn about the meaning of architecture, which cannot help but have some impact on nature, the workshop was planned to allow participants to experience manufacturing while confronting nature.

Town Reorganization (2010)

Based on the business model of a niche strategy for depopulated areas by social enterprises, the opening of a large retail store on a former school site triggers the reorganization and consolidation of public facilities that are underutilized and underutilized in the region, and the appropriate scale of public services is promoted under a win-win relationship between the local government, residents, and social enterprises. The concept is to revitalize the city center while promoting the appropriate scale of public services based on a win-win relationship between the local government, residents, and social enterprises.

This is the concept.


The Fukaya Communication Station is a U.S. military facility located in Izumi-ku, Yokohama, with an area of approximately 77 hectares in a distinctive circular shape of approximately 1 km in diameter.

We designed a landscape that aims to keep the various resources on the earth in optimum balance as a whole system in each period without causing local load or distortion.


Fukaya Communication Station Site Utilization Idea Competition, Honorable Mention


The Fukaya Communication Station is a U.S. military facility located in Izumi-ku, Yokohama, with an area of approximately 77 hectares in a distinctive circular shape of approximately 1 km in diameter.

We designed a landscape that aims to keep the various resources on the earth in optimum balance as a whole system in each period without causing local load or distortion.

Hakodate Machiya Volunteer Painting Team

The Hakodate Machiya Volunteer Volunteer Paint Team has been painting the Yajigashira Shopping Street in Hakodate for several years. The goal is not only to improve the physical appearance of the area but also to encourage the store owners and residents to take a fresh look at the town in which they live.

TERAKOYA Makomanai (2008)

In the Edo period (1603-1867), the "Terakoya" was widely used as a comprehensive human education institution for the democratic body.

This is a proposal to reconstruct the Makomanai Elementary School, which is extremely famous in architectural planning studies, designed by the Yoshitake Laboratory of the University of Tokyo in the 1960s, under the private initiative, and update it into a modern "TERAKOYA.


2008 Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) Technical Division Design Competition

Planning Technology for Reconfiguration and Renewal of Public Buildings" Award for Excellence

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