Okayama University


The Opening Ceremony at the Junko Fukutake Terrace (commonly known as J Terrace)

October 17, 2014

The café, “Junko Fukutake Terrace” (J Terrace) built on the west side of the main gate at the Tsushima Campus with a donation by Junko Fukutake, Deputy Director of the Fukutake Education and Culture Foundation, has been completed. The Opening Ceremony was held on October 17th at the J Terrace.

Approximately 70 people attended the ceremony including Deputy Director Junko Fukutake, President Kiyoshi Morita of our university, Kazuyo Sejima from the architect unit “SANAA”* that designed the J Terrace, and Ryue Nishizawa. President Morita greeted everyone by stating, “People from all over the world will surely gather here at the J Terrace. I would like this university to become even more open.” and Deputy Director Junko Fukutake stated, “By using the J Terrace in a variety of ways like the Junko Fukutake Hall (J Hall), I would like everyone to meet many people and create miracles.” The 5 representatives then cut the ribbon and celebrated its completion.

The J Terrace is an architectural structure with a beautiful concrete and glass curve and was designed with the theme, “A place where people gather and dialogue is generated.” The glassed-in space projects an image of mutual connection. Established together with the “J Terrace Café” run by the Sakai Panning Corporation (Minami Ward, Okayama City), it is a citizen’s open-type terrace that everyone can freely use.

SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) is an architect unit (specifically, an architectural firm) founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. In 2010, SANAA was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize described as the Nobel Prize in the architectural world. Their work includes the Louvre-Lens Museum (annex of the Louvre) in France and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.

The unit designed the J Hall of the Shikata campus and the pergola of the Tsushima campus for our university.