For the Kojimachi district in the centre of Tokyo, the Japanese design studio Nendo presented an interior and exterior design for the Yokohama Ekimae building. An eleven-storey office building that will soon be given a new look. Unlike many other offices that are built as closed blocks, the Kojimachi Terrace is a design that takes into account the real physical connection with the outside environment. The external elements to create a more physical experience of the outdoors, such as the changing weather and the annual seasons, were therefore incorporated into the design in an ingenious way.
On six of the eleven floors, the design studio sporadically placed a balcony in order to integrate the outdoor environment as well as possible. Not only can the terrace be used as an outdoor space, but it can also be converted into a closed meeting room by closing the hidden windows around it. At the highest level of the building is the unique open-air garden with lush greenery and lots of light and air.
"With this office design for the Yokohama Ekimae Building, Designstudio Nendo brings a physical connection to the outdoor environment."
For the facade, Nendo chose to cover it with large glass windows, most of which allow natural air to flow in. Because incorporating terraces into a design often results in the use of ugly rails and pillars, Nendo designed them in the same wood as that of the terraces. In addition to forming a beautiful facade, the pillars and rails are also there to support the glass and form a safety barrier.
A great deal of attention was also paid to the interior design. Raw stone and bronze-coloured stainless steel were used and the structural finishing of the floors and walls was done by hand by a plasterer to obtain a natural look. By integrating the light in such a way that it faces both the floor and the ceiling, a sense of depth is created. The entire room is therefore brightened up with indirect lighting.
We are already curious about the end result!