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torafu architects: mediba creative farm shibuya
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sep 06, 2012
torafu architects: mediba creative farm shibuya


‘mediba creative farm shibuya’ by torafu architects, tokyo, japan
image © daici ano

all images courtesy of torafu architects

tokya-based torafu architects have redesigned the ‘mediba creative farm’ office in the industrial city of shibuya. the lively reform
includes 2200 square meters of open work space for around 400 employees, common areas, reunion rooms with moveable walls
and public cafe, on the 31st floor of the hikarie building. the flexible floor plan contains long rows of tables for open communication
between workers, with individualized personal work spaces. different departments are delineated through the use of color in the carpet,
rather than with the use of partitions that inhibit  interpersonal relationships.

a micro-landscape of colorfully custom designed oak shelves, tables, chairs and blackboards are peppered throughout the large space,
fostering collaboration. built for adaptability, the furnishings are free standing, unfixed to the ground, creating an environment which
is always changing. a wooden tram controlled by smart phone technology runs along the full height windows and through the
furniture pieces, able to take documents to fellow colleagues. a plentiful number of plant species are scattered around the office
adding a touch of natural elements within the surrounding concrete landscape.


tables, chairs, and boards are  placed throughout the space for gathering
image © daici ano


long open tables for meetings
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gathering space
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personal work spaces open to colleagues
image © daici ano


wooden tram runs along the perimeter
image © daici ano


large open work tables
image © yuki ohmori


light-filled room with colored carpets
image © daici ano


colors mark different departments
image © daici ano


more private work areas
image © daici ano


image © yuki ohmori


gathering space
image © daici ano


open tables in flexible space
image © daici ano


furniture is moved easily to create one large table
image © daici ano


wall design influenced by the neighboring buildings’ window patterns
image © daici ano


image © daici ano


reception area
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many plants placed in the spaces
image © daici ano


glass partitions in the meeting rooms
image © yuki ohmori


meeting rooms with large movable glass walls
image © daici ano


shelving units
image © yuki ohmori


floor plan

project info:

principle use: office
facility design: ushiospax (lightings)
production: tokyu construction co.,ltd.  / takashimaya space create co.,ltd.  / uchida yoko co., ltd.
project management: meiho facility works ltd.
furniture manufacture: taiji fujimori atelier
graphic: takaiyama
tram production: hisato ogata
furniture: interoffice
building site: shibuya tokyo
total floor area: 2268m2
design period: 2011.09-2012.04
construction period: 2012.05-2012.08
photo: daici ano / yuki ohmori

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