Nishimachi International School
The school is located in an exclusive residential district, surrounded by neighbours unhappy about the presence of a school in their midst, and openly hostile to the noise, dust and disturbance of a construction project. The parent body and faculty were also very sensitive to the potential disruption to school activities that the project could produce.
Lendlease assisted the school to develop a practical reconstruction strategy on the tight ur+J43ban site, involving a sequential process of demolition of old structures and the construction of a temporary classroom block prior to the commencement of the main building.
The design was developed by an international architect based in Tokyo, taking into account extensive programming input from faculty representatives, and making fullest use of the legally permissible building envelope to achieve the greatest possible additional floor area for the school on the restricted site.
The main construction was carried out by a single general contractor, but major FFE elements, including storage units installed throughout the building, rooftop playground equipment and high-performance movable sound isolation walls between classrooms were separately procured from the United States. The project was completed in 1997 and started classes in a brand-new school building in November.