Planning of the USEN-NEXT GROUP headquarters office included creation of a new workstyle based on activity based working (ABW; a workstyle where one can choose workplace and desk based on their tasks) and work streamlining while also gathering the 9 group companies together into one location.
On the visitors’ floor, we made a roomy enclosure around each of the four spaces with glass, similar to a sunroom, providing a place for shared rooms and security, and set each in a communication area for different purposes. Within each sunroom, individual rooms were arranged as islands keeping the window side open for an open meeting area and allowing the whole floor to enjoy the benefits of the outside view and sunlight entering through the sunrooms.
This also reduced crowding of the individual rooms, which were always full of reservations, by encouraging open meetings, which shortened meeting time. The whitewashed-wood ceiling made with carpentry cuts across the entire floor, as if connecting all the individual rooms, and unifies the differing communications areas.
On the office floor, we arranged the seating with the optimal balance according to zones organized according to the characteristics of each department and categorized them into several types according to axes of workability and livability. By randomizing the usage length and line of sight while controlling the height and direction of each desk, we have created a space where the employees’ work doesn’t appear to be uniform, and a variety of behaviors can occur at once.
Further, in order to utilize the outside environment as much as possible, we created several different sizes of verandas with whitewashed wood on the window side, separating them with a gate-shaped furnished wall that opens up to the outside at each outer pillar. The various activities of humans overlap and are framed against the background of the light and view from the window. This office scene, like a repeated display, is what we aimed to construct.