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After graduating from the Department of Architecture at Kanto Gakuin University, Itsuko Hasegawa became a research student in the Department of Architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1979 she established Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier. Her projects include a variety of houses and public buildings. In 1986 she received the Design prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan for her Bizan Hall project. Her residential projects also earned a Japan Cultural Design Award. She won first prize in the invited competition for the Shonandai Cultural Center. In 1997 she was elected as one of the Honorary Fellows of the RIBA. She has completed her winning entry for the Niigata City Performing Arts Center and Area Development.

The commission for the Niigata Performing Arts Center was won in an open competition It comprises a 1,900-seat concert hall, a 900-seat theater, a 375-seat Noh theater, and is surrounded by an eight hectare landscaped area.
The project is located on reclaimed land that until recently formed part of the Shinano River We plan to revive the former vibrancy of this site (an asyl lost to development) in a new approach to designing city architecture The project comprises seven man made floating islands, linked to each other and to existing buildings by bridges suspended in mid air; this proposal stems from the idea that the new city should be designed as a natural environment
The main building is designed along the same limits as a 'manmaku' (a temporary screen set up at festivals to define spatial limits) It is thus a kind of central open space in the city, not unlike the asyl of the past, or what the Japanese term 'harrapa' (empty field)
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