COMANY INC. is a manufacturer creating a comfortable and functional space through "partition."

Case Study

Kobe Ryukoku High SchoolHyogo Prefecture of Japan
New Construction of Kobe Ryukoku High School

" Creation of a Japanese-style partition" The white glass and lattice-like design frame remind users of a typical sliding door( called shoji) in Japanese houses. We expressed the "taste of Japan" which we have never experienced before in color and shape. After we have proposed various Japanese style images, the school decided to adopt the concept of the sliding paper door (Shoji).
[Cut the gaze and increase the concentration power]The glass partition is double layer glass structure. To the eye level of students, a white film is pasted on the inside so they can concentrate on the lesson without being disturbed by the situation of the corridor. By using frosted black for the frame of the glass partition, we produce a tightening effect of the whole space.
[Enjoy the comfortable spac] Outside the classroom lays a spacious open area. There are desks, chairs, and personal computers. Students can make use the space for a break or a little research. The glass partition does not completely section off the space like a wall. Since students can sense the brightness and presence of others through the glass, space looks wider than is actual size.
[Bring in soft light] The library requires intensity. The design helps avoid the dazzling of the sun like direct sunlight but adopts a subdued light which looks like soft light passing through the lace curtain. The white glass of the Japanese-style partition has the same function as the lace curtain or Japanese style sliding wooden door capable of creating soft illumination effect.

Kobe Ryukoku High School is located in a quiet residential area making use of Mt. Rokko's inclination. Harmony with the surrounding landscape was the first consideration, and then the taste of Japan is the core concept for designing the school building. Expressing the "Taste of Japan" by SPart

Design and supervision : Kuroda Architect & Associates
Construction work : Maywa Komuten, Ltd.
2004/12/01 update