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Kirin Headquarters

This is the headquarters of the beverage maker that boasts the largest market share in Japan. The program was extremely clear. They required a gross floor area of 20,000m2 for a working team of 500 people, and additional spaces for daily life. As well as assembling a clear system to organize these two types of space, I started work on the design using a process that would clarify the differences between these two systems. Rather than attempting to mediate the discrepancies between these two systems, I then switched to composing the various functional spaces while preserving those discrepancies. Within the rigorously institutionalized spaces of a transparent headquarters building, various unexpected aspects of daily life will occasionally spill over into the day-to-day business operations, and I thought about extricating thediscordant systems from those deliberately preserved places. This loose organization has been gracefully wrapped with a transparent skin.

Site area
Building area
Total area
Completion Date
: Tokyo JAPAN
: B2F 11F
: 2,847m2
: 1,653m2
: 18,930m2
: 1995