ELSI-1 (Ishikawadai Campus Bldg.No.7)


By acquiring a supplementary budget from MEXT, the long-awaited research building was built for ELSI in 2015 at Ookayma Campus (Ishikawadai Area, Bldg. No.7; total floor area of 4,970m2). The building was designed under the concept of ‘harmony between Japanese and western styles’, paying attention to a good balance between research and communication spaces.


The entrance on the 1st floor features a lecture hall called ‘Mishima Hall’ that can hold over one hundred people. The 2nd and 3rd floors include compact and functional research rooms for ELSI researchers and extended-stay visiting researchers. Moreover, the ELSI building hosts students’ offices, the PR Office, the Secretaries’ Office, Administration Office, and a Visitors’ room for researchers from partner institutions to work at ELSI.


The open-ceiling communication room on the 2nd floor, called the ‘Agora’, can be used by many researchers for interdisciplinary communication. The 3rd floor features art pieces done by the ELSI Science-Art Residents over the years.


The basement of the ELSI building contains an electron microscope, a high-pressure experiment lab, a geochemistry lab, a life science lab, and a chemistry lab.


ELSI-2 (Ishikawadai Campus Bldg.No.8)


ELSI started in 2012 in an existing building of 2670 m2 renovated for the new institute, currently called ELSI-2.


The building hosts various collaborative labs and ELSI Studio (205) which ELSI members can use for livestream and recording of video and audio activities.