Furusaki Tokyo Office Building (Office) by Hiroyuki Niwa
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
Inspiration
The client requested a total of ten rooms with different natures in a building with 300㎡ area. For an effective use of the limited space, rooms resembling a “box” (a unit) were three-dimensionally combined and stacked, instead of dividing the building by floors. Such an idea also appears on the façade, forming a symbolic design that confuses viewers about the number of floors, when seen from the sides.
Creativity
Within this small building with less than 300㎡ area, all functions required for a construction company are densely packed in, including an office, meeting room, factory, loading area for trucks, and bedroom. The small site was fully utilized to form the complex facility. The exterior appearance also shows the functions of the building as a complex facility. Each function was designed as a “box” and stacked. The interior space of each “box” has a different theme, emphasizing the diversity.
Design Challenges
In the world’s most densely populated urban area, Tokyo, Nakano-ku has a particularly high density, and therefore an effective use of the site was necessary. The client requested a total of ten rooms with different natures in a building with 300㎡ area. The design was created from a fusion of two elements.
Production Technology
Since the client has the head office and woodworking factory in Fukui Prefecture, timbers from Fukui Prefecture were used for both exteriors and interiors, in order to express the company with the entire building.
       
     
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