2022 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Mitsubishi UBE Cement Corporation head office

Entrant Company

KOKUYO Co.,Ltd.

Category

Interior Design - Office

Client's Name

Mitsubishi UBE Cement Corporation

Country / Region

Japan

The construction project for the head office of a new company created by the merger of three companies. The spatial structure is based on the concept of “Create Synergy” for the integration and fusion of the three companies. That is to say, each zone is portrayed as an individual "village" in which the organizational units and spatial functions needed for business operation are integrated, and this not only strengthens ties within the organization but allows organizations to conduct business by interacting with each other at exchange points located between the villages. The business is promoted by incorporating cement materials, the main business of the new company, and materials related to the construction sites where the cement is used. Furthermore, when walking around, you will get a glimpse of walls made of various materials representing the scenery and diversity found along the streets of villages. The cafeteria is arranged by taking advantage of the view of the park near the building, and is composed of a design that utilizes the scenery and park elements as borrowed landscape. It is also used as a place to foster informal exchange between employees and to deepen the relations of employees and stakeholders. Employees who once belonged to different companies now work together. Therefore, the ideas for promoting efficient and autonomous teamwork. One of those ideas is a lottery seating system to promote communication among employees. Seats are allocated automatically by lottery according to employees’ tasks and the mood for the day. While creating an environment where you can choose the most suitable place for work, it is also used to create opportunities for casual conversations between employees seated next to each other and to grasp the whereabouts and attendance status of employees.

Credits

Interior Design
Nobusuke Harimura (KOKUYO Co.,Ltd.)
Project Management
Hidekazu Imai (KOKUYO Co.,Ltd.)
Photographer
Keita Yamamoto (Nacása & Partners Inc.)
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