Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Branding


Small hall, cafe, brick path of community facility attached to Nanairo Ladies Clinic. The external walls are “Western Red Cedar (America Cedar) Shake”


"Not only designing buildings, but also designing roads that connect to them, creating a townscape"
NANAIRO COMACHI is a small town-like architecture centered on the obstetrics and gynecology clinic called NANAIRO Ladies Clinic. When the Ladies Clinic was designed in 2007, the task was to create a clinic that serves as a centripetal force in collaboration with the doctor starting up in Tsukuba. After ten years, the clinic is widely recognized by the local people. The concept of the new clinic facility, now serving as a centrifugal force in the area, was to maintain the connection with the community and create a centrifugal force with people in diverse generations. The clinic was designed not only for the temporary patient-clinic relationship until giving birth, but for a long-span relationship extended from giving birth to raising the child.
Specifically, the complex facility has an "outpatient building" for prenatal check-ups, an "inpatient building" for postpartum rest and recovery, a "community building" connecting new moms and babies through child-rearing, and the "annex building" with pediatrics, cosmetic dermatology, and a postpartum clinic. The brick-colored approach called "Komichi" joins the buildings. NANAIRO COMACHI is a town made for children and the community related to children, consisting of a group of buildings with various functions connected by the “komichi”. Through discussions with the doctors, a layout plan for a community centering on medical care was formed, one that cannot be realized in a downtown city environment. The “komichi” is not a mere path from one point to reach another, but one that establishes a loose connection between each building without impairing the functionality as a medical facility while introducing new activities to bring forth new encounters.
 In a world facing various problems such as the declining birthrate, depopulation, and global pandemics, it is our hope that the small town-like NANAIRO KOMACHI will assist in building a strong local community to support each other in childbirth and other issues in a physical environment involving local people and hospitals.

Night view of the community block from the out-patient block. The tone of the lights is warm and heart soothing.

A bird eye’s view of the community block of Nanairo Comachi, it’s connected to the out-patient block.

  • カフェとホールの間のレンガの小径
    The small diameter of the brick between the cafe and the hall

  • コミュニティ棟へのアプローチのレンガの小径(外来棟より)
    The brick pathways, with an approach connected to the community block. (From the outpatient building.)

The hall is in Western Red Cedar (American Cedar) Shake,

  • コミュニティ棟へのアプローチのレンガの小径
    The brick pathways, with an approach connected to the community block.

  • コミュニティ棟の託児室「なないろのおうち」へのアプローチ。小径に掛かる大屋根により、ベンチで休むことができる
    The approach to the nursery “Nanairo House” at the community block, with a huge roof and comfy benches like a resting area.

  • コミュニティ棟の俯瞰写真。ホールや、カフェ、託児のボリュームに、れんがの小径が外部より接続する
    A bird eye’s view of the community block- with a hall, a café, and a nursery inside. The brick pathways are like extensions of the architecture.

  • 託児室と、カフェの間を外部よりレンガの小径が接続する
    The nursery and the café are connected by The brick pathways.

  • コミュニティ棟のカフェの内観写真。外側にはキリン広場がある
    A picture of the interior of the café at the community block. The “Giraffe Plaza” is outside.

  • コミュニティ棟ホール内観写真。様々なコミュニティの誘発を行う
    A picture showing the interior of the multi-purpose hall at the community block.

  • カフェと託児の間のレンガの小径。カフェはウエスタン・レッドシーダー(米杉)のシェイク、託児はホワイトの木製ルーバー。カフェの前には、芝生の丘がある
    The brick pathways connecting the café and the nursery. The café is in Western Red Cedar (American Cedar) Shake, and the nursery is made with whitish wooden louver. There is a small grass hill in front of the café.

  • カフェとホール。レンガの小径がそれぞれの場所をつなぐ
    The café and the hall. The brick pathways are connecting all these spots.

The brick pathways connecting the in-patient, the out-patient, and the community blocks.

The café is in Western Red Cedar (American Cedar) Shake, There is a small grass hill in front of the café.

“Nijinomachi Aishitsu” is the waiting room of the children clinic at the annex; remodeled from a gynecology clinic. The floor is with linoleum in various colors, and the walls are white or white woods.

  • 小児科待合室のクリニックのロゴマークのベンチと遊具
    Benches and playing objects with the clinic logo at the kids’ clinic.

  • 中待合に通じる廊下。サイン計画も小児科用のロゴを使用する
    A corridor leading to the central waiting area. The logo is also used on the signages.

  • 小児科診察室ゾーン。待合室から連続する多様な色のリノリウムが配置される
    The examination room zone. Linoleums in various colors are arranged from the waiting room keep coming into this zone as well.

  • 小児科の感染対策のための病児用待合室「そらのまちあいしつ」。予防接種用患者と2つのゾーンに分離されている
    “Sora no Machiai Shiitsu” is a waiting room for children patients as a preventative measure of infection. It is further divided into two zones for vaccination patients.

A bird's eye view of Nanairo Comachi. In this small area are the gynecology clinic, kids’ clinic, nursery, a café, and a halls line up like a small community, the bricks connect all these spots together.

A diagram of the Nanairo Comachi.



principal use : Clinic, Hall, Cafe
Building site :Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Art direction: Junzo Kuroda
Architectural design:Junzo Kuroda Atelier
Associate architect:Atelier Fish (The community block)
Structure design : Daisuke Hasegawa

Construction: Kobayashi Kensetsu( Hall, Cafe)
Photos : Takumi Ota、Junzo Kuroda
Design date : 2019.12