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CULTURAL AND ATHLETIC CENTER

Project Information


Location:   SHIN-SANDA, JAPAN
Year:          1990

A cultural and athletic center erected by a department store chain in the new town of Shin-Sanda benefits not only its employees but also the growing local community.

The difficult challenge of this project was to accommodate the immense massing requirements of the building's 450,000 sq. (45.000 sq. mt.) while sympathetically acknowledging the serene open landscape beyond. Ambasz was able to return to the new town of Shin-Sanda virtually all of the greenery that this enormous building footprint would normally have taken away.

The Japan Housing Authority was very pleased with the overall benefit that such a design solution would bring to the community, and as an incentive and ultimate reward for this inventive solution, they reduced the cost of the land by almost two-thirds.