makoto yamaguchi design wraps former noodle factory with metal mesh makoto yamaguchi design wraps former noodle factory with metal mesh
nov 16, 2014

makoto yamaguchi design wraps former noodle factory with metal mesh


makoto yamaguchi design wraps former noodle factory with metal mesh
photo by koichi torimura
all images courtesy of makoto yamaguchi design

 

 

 

japanese architecture practice makoto yamaguchi design has transformed a nondescript three-storey structure in downtown tokyo into a contemporary office environment. in converting the existing building – a former noodle factory – the design team sought to introduce elements of greenery and wood grain, referencing the theme of ‘bosco’ – the italian word for forest.

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ivy and other vine plants are encouraged to climb the industrial structure
photo by koichi torimura

 

 

 

externally, the entire scheme is wrapped with a metal mesh that encourages ivy and other vine plants to clad the industrial structure with a natural, green coating. this motif extends internally, inviting employees and visitors inside. the previously existing ceiling has been removed, while the minimal use of partition walls ensures a feeling of expansive continuity. the floor slab has also been punctured in the center to account for a transparent staircase that introduces a more free means of circulation.

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a central staircase connects the scheme
photos by koichi torimura

 

 

 

stacked and chopped fire-logs are used throughout the interiors, aligned with glazed partitions that allow the incongruent surfaces to be read as a singular collage. in contrast, on the large wall of the meeting room the materials take on a different textured character creating a play of volume and light.

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
stacked and chopped fire-logs are used throughout the interiors, aligned with glazed partitions
photo by koichi torimura

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
on the large wall of the meeting room the materials take on a different textured character
photos by koichi torimura

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
the minimal use of partition walls ensures a feeling of expansive continuity
photo by koichi torimura

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
meeting areas at second floor level
photos by koichi torimura

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
office space at the plan’s upper levels
photo by koichi torimura

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
photo by koichi torimura

makoto yamaguchi design bosco factory conversion tokyo designboom
the entrance to the three storey office building
photo by koichi torimura

 

 

project info:

 

project name: bosco
building type: factory conversion
structure: steel, three storeys
location: tokyo, japan    
design team: makoto yamaguchi, takaaki endo and so sawada
total floor area: 551 sqm
materials: lumber, glass, and steel
starting date: december 2013
completion: july 2014
photography: koichi torimura

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