kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
japanese architect kazuyo sejima has completed ‘shibaura house‘, a multistorey building containing flexible workshop spaces located in shibaura tokyo, japan. this bustling new center positioned within the business district and a short walking distance from main transportation lines provides diverse areas within the various levels. capable of supporting a wide range of functions and activities, individuals or groups may hold meetings, conferences, events, lectures and exhibitions within unique interior and terraced plan arrangements.

kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
front elevation
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the tensioned steel structure supports a glass curtain wall penetrated with intermittent setbacks containing open air terraces on the front and back elevations. upon entering the premises, visitors find the ground floor lounge is open to the public, furnished with chairs and tables for universal usage. upper study levels are connected to the primary focal patio with a curving staircase integrating an outdoor experience into regularly traveled circulation paths. the ‘bird room’ is perched at the highest story providing a versatile space for dance classes and communal gathering filled with ample daylight.

kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
first level meeting space oen to the public
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
view of second and third level study lounges from curving staircase

kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
focal curving staircase
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
view of street and curving staircase from third level study lounge

kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
view of second level roof terrace from above

kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
(left) terrace connecting study lounge levels
(right) study lounge
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
study lounge
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
study lounge
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
interior stair within double story height space
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
workshop occurring within the ‘bird room’
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
(left) external stair to access roof terrace
(right) roof terrace
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
upper level terrace overlooking the street
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
section
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kazuyo sejima: shibaura house office building, tokyo
illustration of various activities occurring within the building
image © jody wong