“'My goal was the unification of computers and architecture with nature,' said the 59-year-old Kuma.
The research building has three floors above ground and two basement levels. The entire interior is seeded with hundreds of sensors. The advanced sensor network system is sensitive to temperature, humidity, the flow of particles in the air and the presence of people.
Ken Sakamura, professor of information science at the University of Tokyo, was in charge of producing the Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building project.
“(The ubiquitous networking) technology will be effective in serving our aging society (by allowing people to operate various household tools and equipment without having to move about)," Sakamura said. “And now we can experiment with new ideas right away, using this building.”