architectural photographer vincent hecht has shared his images of a university building in japan designed by kazuyo sejima, the pritzker laureate who also practices alongside ryue nishizawa at SANAA. built from concrete with large amounts of glazing, the structure has served as the arts and science faculty building of the osaka university of arts since opening in 2018. forming part of the school’s campus, the building comprises three gently undulating concrete canopies, which continue internally to form staircases and circulation routes.
all images © vincent hecht
kazuyo sejima sought to design a versatile building for the osaka university of arts that blended into its surroundings. the use of glass ensures that sightlines and views are maintained throughout, allowing the building to be as welcoming as possible for students while forging a strong connection with its surroundings. populated with tables and chairs, the open plan ground floor has been designed to be as flexible as possible with more private spaces found at the perimeter of the plan.
see other projects photographed by vincent hecht on designboom here, including sejima’s sumida hokusai museum in tokyo and a social housing complex in paris designed by SANAA. other projects by kazuyo sejima can be seen here, while SANAA’s archive of work can be explored on our dedicated page.
name: arts and science faculty building at the osaka university of arts
location: osaka, japan
architect: kazuyo sejima
photography: vincent hecht