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Office landscape

Oita
Aug 2018
Office

This is a renovation plan for a trading company office. They needed a pillar-free open office space with a floor area of 1000m2 where 120 staffs communicate, deepen mutual understanding and influence each other across departments. That is a space like a sports facility with a large volume, so, to create open office, we felt that was better to create a landscape than to make an interior plan. First of all, we set up a circle line in the whole of space to lead people's movement. This three-dimensional line is like an earthwork fortification with lockers inside, the inside of the circle is the field for office work, and the outside is set up as a field for communication such as meetings, breaks, and presentations. In addition, closed rooms such as individual meetings, receptions, and restroom are located outside. On the other hand, we provide a structure called "the mountain" for these horizontally spreading elements as a role of anchor in the space. The mountain is a stepped solid with a circular plane, and the inside is a lounge. However, we gave no function to the steps, and set up "the mountain" itself. The staff's desks are arranged in a variety of directions with some rules. It is like a picnic where they spread a sheet on the field. The arrangement of the desks get each departments be united loosely, on the other hand, it let aisles emerge like animal trails in its interrelationships. The skeleton ceiling is provided high-side windows by opening the center part. We promoted daylighting and ventilation to improve the work environment, and the natural light falls at the field of office work so that we can feel the outdoor more. In addition, we set up a passage that circulates in the field along the circular counter like earthwork fortification, and an aluminum plate suspended on the passage to visualize the area in three dimensions. If you move on this circle, you will touch the state of each department naturally.


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