nLDK sets up an office under the shinkansen line using plastic containers

nLDK sets up an office under the shinkansen line using plastic containers

the nara-based studio nLDK designed an office using almost nothing more, than just a bunch of plastic containers. because of the client’s plan to expand the business and move again to a larger office in a few of years, the architects were challenged to organize the space quickly, minimizing costs and waste material once the future moving happens.

green entrance
all images © nLDK



recyclable plastic containers, which serve as partitions, floors, furniture, and plant pots, are not covered by anything, except for lamination. using some very simple materials, such as tatami and particle board, nLDK managed to diversify the interior and make it more sophisticated.

tatami on the containers



as well as different materials, a lot of greening is used in the office — palm trees, ficuses and other plants provide the sense of a habitable space, while the venue itself is raw with the original ceilings and floors kept. the venue is located in nagoya, aichi, japan, under the shinkansen line.

the greening provides the sense of a habitable space


the containers are only laminated


small conference rooms are created by container partitions


the containers are recyclable


nLDK diversified the interior using simple materials


simple particle board furniture


the original ceilings and floors are kept



long desk under the high line


long kitchen under the high line


the venue is located under the sinkansen line


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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