schemata architecture office: mr_design office
schemata architecture office: mr_design office schemata architecture office: mr_design office
jan 13, 2011
schemata architecture office: mr_design office

‘mr_design office’ by schemata architecture office in tokyo, japan
all images courtesy schemata architecture office
photographer: takumi ota



‘mr_design office’ by japanese studio schemata is a 190 m2 office for 5 people in tokyo.
with the intention of keeping the space open while still maintaining a level of privacy and warmth,
the project incorporates noninvasive design elements with playful components.



mirrored south wall with a built in tube slide



in order to avoid separating the single room into a number of smaller rooms, the design
purposely lacks complete partitions and dividers. a meeting area on the south end of
the rectangular layout is flanked on one side by a mirrored surface to lengthen the space.
the partial-height wall unit which houses the washroom and storage space features
a built-in tube slide for the employees.



slide in use


view towards the outdoor terrace


to provide a level of privacy, the conference table is placed under a parabolic reflector
with a 3.4m diameter. in addition to funneling light, the suspended fixture collects
and directs sounds to the meeting area.

in order to have a subtle presence, the overhead lights are constructed from
spiral tubes cut in half to mimic the aesthetics of the ceiling ducts.



meeting area with parabolic reflector overhead




view of the meeting area from the workspace


hallway to the west


waiting area
the bench is made from four separate chairs with clear epoxy feet to give the illusion of floating


work stations lined up against the window


meeting area divided from the workspace by an island with a sink


floor plan



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