What strikes the most from a first sight about the Omiyamae Gymnasium is the drop of density. Approaching the building from a compact residential neighborhood tailored from small tightly built private houses, one suddenly ends up on an open green square with two surprisingly low ellipse-shaped structures modestly popping up at the center. Where is the promised sports hall?
Trying to avoid the apparently inevitable and imposing presence of the 15-meters high structure, Jun Aoki has decided to shift the most of the building’s volume under the ground. As a result the Omiyamae Gymnasium is lower than the surrounding city. And it does not stand out at all.