Amano Research Laboratories

Amano Research Laboratories

In 1997, RRP and co-architects Kisho Kurokawa & Associates were approached by Amano Pharmaceutical to design a low budget building at Kagamigahara City, Gifu, to accommodate the company’s enzyme research group. The building, which has an area of 6,352.95m², was required to incorporate not only specialised laboratories but also offices and a restaurant.

The building form is strongly influenced by its hilly site, hence the curved plan. The surrounding landscaping is integral to the building design and the impressive views which it affords are maximised by the positioning of the building within the site and its glazed façades.

The roof's steel structure is expressed externally. Rooflights following each structural bay allow natural daylight to penetrate laboratory space. As a consequence of placing the roof structure outside, the design succeeds in minimising dust in laboratory areas.

By partially sinking the building into the hillside, the resultant thermal mass considerably reduces energy consumption whilst glazed façades are protected from solar gain by external shading.

Location Gifu, Japan
Type Research
Dates 1997 - 1999
Client Amano Enzyme Inc
The Architect Richard Rogers Partnership
Lennart Grut, Ivan Harbour, Hiroshi Hibio, Akihisa Kageyama, Amarjit Kalsi, Richard Rogers, Benjamin Warner, Yoshimori Watanabe
Co-Architect Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates
Landscape Architect Equipe Espace
Main Contractor Takenaka Corporation
Quantity Surveyor Nurse Engineering
Services Engineer Inuzuka Engineering Consultants
Structural Engineer Umezawa Structural Engineers