Hosei University, Building 1955-58
With over 130 years since Hosei University was founded it is
one of Japan's oldest universities. In the damage of the second
war most of it's buildings disappeared.
After the war, Japan planned it's regeneration as a newly
democratic country. Ouchi Hyoue, then president and famous
a new school building suitable for a campus in the free and
democratic era. The result was Building 1955-58 at Tokyo,
Ichigaya's Hosei University
campus. The two parts of the building were designed by Ohe
Hiroshi, an architect and professor in the architecture
department at the
time, and completed in 1955 and 1958.
The building's international architectural style (curtain
wall with black steel sash which shapes the beautiful,
rhythmical facade) was
unusual for a Japanese university at that time and earned
Over the last 50 years since this building was completed
it has become known as the much-loved symbol of Hosei
University. However, this
year the university authorities have announced plans
to have it demolished and replaced with a tasteless building.
It is our strong hope that this prize-winning building,
currently the oldest at Hosei University, will not
be destroyed but
renewed and continue to be used.
Association for the Renovation of Hosei University's