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Toyonaka Campus

Renovation of Language and Culture Bldg. B (R4)


Renovated in 2019 (Total area: 3,650㎡)

Studies in Language and Culture of the Graduate School of Language and Culture offers seven courses of research and education, focusing on:

1. Understanding of mechanisms of languages and symbols, by which people communicate beyond differences and changes in traditions and cultures in the world,
2. Commanding languages and symbols and developing a basic linguistic theory,
3. Natural language processing as well as language-engineering-based information processing, which focuses on mathematical models and grammar theories,
4. Developing information about languages and cultures in information society.

Renovation and seismic retrofitting of the building were carried out. Reinforcement was added to the building by installing seismic bracing in discreet places and usability of the facility was improved through arrangement of a room plan. The exterior area, which had become complicated due to a series of renovations of neighboring buildings, was improved by streamlined zoning.

Renovation of the Project Research Center for Fundamental Sciences (R5)


Built in 2017 (Total area: 3,112㎡)

Remodeling was conducted on this research building, which was built for developing basic research at the Graduate School of Science into project research. Its design embodies advanced research, reflecting the spirit of Dr. NAMBU Yoichiro.

Renovation of the Main Library (R5-1, R1, R2, R3) + Construction of the Automatic Storage and Retrieval Building (R5-1, R1, R4)


  • Main Library built in 1960, 1966, 1972, and 2000 (Total area: 15,525㎡) Renovated in 2009 and 2014
  • Automatic Storage and Retrieval Building built in 1960, 1972, 1981, and 2000 Renovated in 2014 (Total area: 4,297㎡)

Following its original design, functional improvement and seismic retrofitting were conducted on the building. As the largest library on campus, this large building houses abundant materials, supporting education and research at OU and helping students to conduct intellectual inquiries.

The Learning Commons extended on the second floor is used for active discussion among students, and there is a collection room for valuable materials (excluding Kaitokudo-related materials) housed by the Main Library on the third floor.

Automatic Storage and Retrieval Building (R1-1)


Built in 2014 (Total area: 783㎡)

This building, built on the south side of the Main Library in order to increase the capacity for preserving academic materials, is uniquely designed to have uneven walls with windows so that one can peek at the automatic book shelves through windows while maintaining harmony with the surrounding landscape. The building allows for consolidation and rearrangement of books and materials in accordance with the university’s plan for arrangement of a library, promoting joint use of academic materials on a campus-wide basis.

Construction of the Interdisciplinary Research Building (S7)


Built in 2013 (Total area: 7,374㎡)

This complex facility for education and research, which aims to fuse the fields of liberal arts and science, houses offices for the Center for Scientific Instrument Renovation and Manufacturing Support, the Center for Global Human Resources Development and Education, and the Institute for Academic Initiatives, and is also used as open laboratory space.

Located between the Graduate School of Science and the Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, this building is designed to express the integration of science and liberal arts, with its foundation built in the liberal arts zone and the motifs of its external walls built in the science zone.

Construction of the Machikane Nursery School (W1)


Built in 2012 (Total area: 659 ㎡)

Osaka University aims to contribute to gender equality on campus and in local communities. This first nursery school built on the Toyonaka Campus is one of its efforts to achieve the goal. Designed with a clear-cut concept, this laminated wood structure has a high-ceilinged hall at the center of the trident building with three wings extending in three directions.

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