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Nanzan University hosted Exploring Architecture:
Antonin Raymond of Nanzan University as part of the Aichi Triennale 2013 art festival

November 1, 2013

On October 6, Nanzan University hosted the Exploring Architecture: Antonin Raymond of Nanzan University event as part of the Open Architecture program for the Aichi Triennale 2013 art festival.

Renowned architect Antonin Raymond was heavily involved in the design of the Nanzan Nagoya Campus buildings. The exhibition, led by assistant professor Takuji Hamada (Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Humanities) showcased campus research facilities and classrooms as well as the Divine Word Seminary. On the day of the event, forty participants selected by lottery drawing walked the campus to observe the structures designed by Raymond. The entire tour took about three hours, and included structures built in 1964 (such as the Faculty Building 1, the Main Administration Building, and Buildings H, G, and F) as well as the library, which was added in 1980.

One of the distinctive architectural features of the Nanzan Nagoya Campus is the reddish-brown walls found on many of the buildings. This color was purposely chosen to match the natural color of the earth that was exposed when the mountains were cut out to prepare the site. Another aesthetically rich feature is the pattern left by cedar planks used to mold the concrete walls. Don’t miss these fascinating architectural details on your next visit to the campus.

Main gate (1964) Main Administration Building (1964) Concrete wall with wood grain pattern (Main Administration Building)

G30 classroom (1964) Divine Word Seminary (1966) Gymnasium (1967)

Campus Building M: Creation mural

The exterior wall of classroom Building M, which was constructed in 1973, is covered with an expansive iron relief mural featuring repeated fresco motifs. Designed by Antonin Raymond, it shows a rising sun, dove, triangle, and a fish representing Christ.

The relief mural itself expresses Raymond’s desire to create a free, energetic look that captured the nature of his original sketch for the piece.

(Source: Antonin Raymond and the Divine Word Missionaries ―The Architecture of the Nanzan University Yamazato Campus. Nanzan University Library Bulletin. Vol. 8 (2003).)

Building K/Building M (1973)