"Kenzo Tange's work reflects and crystallizes the changing political and economic climate of Japan in a quarter century, from the nationalism of World War II, through defeat and reconstruction, to the renewed search for national identity and growth in confidence. Despite finers distinctions to be made in his changing concerns, it is possible to divide his career into two parts, whose major interests are the synthesis of Japanese traditions and modern architectureand the realization of a metabolist vision of the city."
Hiroshi Watanabe Contemporary Architects, 1987, p. 891
The buildings are laid out along two main spines: the academic and the social cores. The latter connects the university to the neighbouring community. A 72 m2 square grid determines a series of successive courtyards, placed at a 45 degrees angle in relation to the two principal spines, ensuring internal circulation patterns.
External pedestrian and vehicular traffic follows a secondary grid, superimposed diagonally on the first one. This arrangement will allow future expansion. The units laid out along the first grid feature vertical circulation cores at each corner encasing sanitary facilities and lifts, while the rest of the structures are lower, and spaces within them have been conceived in a flexible manner so as to accommodate the various required functions.