a fully, openable wooden structure was the concept aki hamada architects followed while completing the ‘substrate factory ayase’, a multipurpose office space located in kanagawa, japan. the scheme acts as an extension to an existing circuit board factory where the ground floor was originally planned as a workshop. as the brief developed, the project led onto becoming a flexible program where the ground floor now serves as multi-purpose space for the wider community.

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factories and residential houses coexist in the neighborhood where the project is sited. aki hamada architects took this into consideration which led to their response in creating a building that would mediate the relationship between a factory and a house. as a result, the building would manifest into a community space for locals to gather and use together. 



in order to control visibility from the road side and modulate the daylight from the east side of the building, the outer envelope featuring walls of sliding grills can be adjusted in according to the sun in the morning to evening. three patterns of vertical grills are visible with the orientation and angle of each wall different depending on the façade.



almost every element of the building has been designed with the intention of being reconfigurated. the structural frame itself can accommodate various conditions and requirements and the open-plan nature adaptable due to the japanese-style, washi sliding screens installed across both floors. this allows endless configurations of the sizing of individual spaces that can be created to facilitate different uses and the number of users.

the ground floor space was originally planned as a workshop space

smaller rooms can be made using the japanese-style screens

the translucent nature of the screens allow natural light to be diffused in

the upper floor is used as an office space, that is also adaptable

the building is located in an area where factories and residential houses coexist

at night, the building is illuminated from within, highlighting the truss system inside



project info:



name: substrate factory ayase
location: kanagawa, japan
date: 2017
program: multi-purpose space, office
site area: 278.25 m2
building area: 182.4 m2
total floor area: 290.88 m2
client: y.k.electronics corporation
architect: aki hamada architects (aki hamada, ryo saito)
structure: konishi structural engineers (yasutaka konishi, noboru enshu)
lighting: sirius lighting office (hirohito totsune, ami tohya)
landscape: sfg landscape architects (akihiko ono)
environment: de.lab











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