Topic outline



    Spring 2021

    12 sp studio course at Aalto University Department of Architecture, organised in collaboration with the Architecture Department of Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Tokyo, Japan (professors Kiwa Matsushita and Satoru Yamashiro).


    Advanced Building Design Studio 


    Max.16 students


    Periods III-IV January 12th, 2021 - April 6th, 2021

    Remote teaching on Tuesdays at 13:15-17. 



    prof. Antti Ahlava (, 050 324 1179) + architects Selina Anttinen, Eero Lundén, Heini Saari and Samuli Woolston


    The assignment is to design a new community library for the Toyosu area of Tokyo. The design area has been marked in the above image. The library building can be placed anywhere within these limits. SIT has recommended the area between Gas Science Museum and the sea. The thin dashed line marks the whole intervention area and the thick line Toyosu park, where the maximum footprint of buildings is 12% of the whole park areal. Existing buildings, structures and facilities within the area may be replaced by new additions. SIT students will make urban design for the whole area in collaboration with us and this plan might include also other buildings.

    The floor areal of the library is 3.800 m2.


    The focus is on the development of library architecture based on the understanding of Japanese generations – equal to our X, Y, Z etc.


    There will be a possible study trip to Tokyo on March 19-31, 2021 (if the pandemic allows – the decision date is March 13th). SIT has promised to pay app. 650 eur / Aalto student for travel costs (60,000 or 80,000 yen/ student, depending on a student’s study performance).

    Zoom Link:
    Meeting ID: 675 7734 9917