60 years have passed since the Community Learning Center of Japan (KOMINKAN) is established. There have been several published works and related discussions in the field of social education. However, in the area of architectural planning, there are few studies related to such discussions.
Therefore, this paper aims to analysis of documents from the social education field, and considers the subject from the viewpoint of architectural planning. Furthermore, the study only manages the lobby spaces in the KOMINKAN. The analysis procedures taken were: (1) Research on the current situation of lobbies, (2) Understanding of the lobby development process through references, (3) Architectural planning analysis of the lobby development process, and (4) Deliberation on the universality and issues regarding KOMINKAN lobbies. Conclusions were made on the following points.
1) Awareness of KOMINKAN lobbies from a social education perspective.
2) The nonexistence of a fixed form for KOMINKAN lobbies.
3) Issues regarding the current situation of KOMINKAN lobbies.
4) Universal function is conversation, display, and consultation in KOMINKAN lobbies.