Tokyo and Osaka, Japan
Designed by Tatsuo Nishida and Akiko Tanaka of Chuo-Nittochi and Nobuaki Miyashita of MR Studio, Daifuku New Osaka Headquarters is a renewal project of a material handling equipment company’s main offices.
Along with changing functions, visualizing the corporate identity by incorporating it into the whole design of the building was the underlying theme of the project.
Tiered eaves represent the very moment where layers of history and accumulation of technology evolve toward the future.
Daifuku New Osaka Headquarters has recently been awarded a 2022 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Steel pipes for scaffolding were used as a roller conveyors motif and throughout the interior and exterior of the building to create rhythm and tie up the whole space.
The eaves are not just a central design element but also to reduce solar gain and cooling load in order to make the building eco-friendly.
By placing the reception room and conference room on the first floor and workspace on the second floor, different security levels are assigned.
This ensures that business is able to continue even in the event of a river flood.
The workspace is a pillarless space of 19.2 meters in depth, and three meters high, which is intended to correspond flexibly to different functions in the future.
In the center of the space, the designers placed an open staircase and break room surrounded by office spaces to promote communication among employees.
Lighting of the break room and rest rooms are carefully arranged to differentiate from the office so that employees can also spend time relaxing.
The main conference room on the first floor will serve as a space to accept stranded people in the event of disaster.
Green space is created above the government’s requirements as part of fulfilling requests for corporate social responsibility.
Project: Daifuku New Osaka Headquarters
Designers: MR Studio Co., Ltd. and Chuo-Nittochi Co., Ltd.
Lead Designers: Tatsuo Nishida and Akiko Tanaka and Nobuaki Miyashita
Client: Daifuku Co., Ltd.