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'Tangible Cultural Property' Status For Building Three

The plans for what is now KIT Building Three were drawn up by architect Seigo Motono (1882 - 1944), in preparation for one of the KIT predecessor institution, (Kyoto College of Technology) 1930 move from Yoshida to our present campus. Motono became a professor of architectural drawing at KIT in 1908 after his graduation from Tokyo Imperial University. During a two year sojourn in Europe he encountered Modernism firsthand.

Building Three is a three storey, reinforced concrete structure 60 meters across at the front and 100 meters front to back. An aerial view of the building would show its "E" shape embracing two courtyards.

In what ways is Building Three characteristically Modernist? This style is evident in the building's unadorned exterior, its characteristic main entrance, and north and south face windows which extend beyond the primary building surface from the second to third floors.
The distinctive office of the dean of the graduate school of Science and Technology, auditorium, lecture hall, high-ceilinged research rooms and laboratories are all worthy of note. A favorite subject of drawing classes is the spacious approach to the twin, central staircases.

We are grateful to have had these heirloom features registered as Tangible Cultural Property.

South and East Walls, Bld. 3 Main Entrance, Bld. 3

Central Staircases Bld.3 Specimen Warehouse

East Gate and Guard House Garage ( Currently Plaza KIT)

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