Stepped terraces where people can be themselves

MUFG Global Learning Center

The site is located at Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, a business district where most of the area is landfilled and with less greenery. The learning center is new building for the group’s job training and it was required that the outdoor void must be designed for worker’s recreation, representing the groups philosophy at the same time. Taking advantage of its vertical interval, the landscape of the building was planned with the theme of “The HILL”, which provide lush greenery and scenic views.
The composition of the garden consists of “vertical” and “horizon”. To enhance horizontal composition, each floor has different views. With these views, people could enjoy their break and conversation with fresh air, as if they spend a time on a hill. The line pattern of the floors indicates directions and its distance to the world’s major cities. It expresses the vision of the group that have been expanding their business worldwide.
For vertical composition, trees are planted along stairs to create continuous greenery from floor to floor. Wide variety of trees also has a rule as a filter to soften the sunlight and bring fresh wind from outside of the architecture.

  • Status

    Completed 2015

  • Location

    Yokohama, Kanagawa

  • Client

    Mitsubishi Jisho

  • Site


  • Architect

    Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei

  • Photography

    Koji Okumura (Forward Stroke Inc.)

  • Awards


  • STGK's role

    Landscape design

  • Designers

    Gen Kumagai, Natsuko Kuma