Pillar Grove / Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio

Pillar grove / mamiya shinichi design studio
© Toshiyuki Yano

Project Details:
Location: Aichi Pref., Japan
Type: Offices
Site Area: 171.80m2
Building Area: 134.64m2
Total Floor Area: 250.02m2
Architects: Mamiya Shinichi Design Studio – Shinichi Mamiya
Team: Shinichi Mamiya, Rintaro Kakeno
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Architect’s Statement:
Our newly-built office plan. The site is located in a suburb of Nagoya City and facing a major arterial road. The following points were focused on to carry out the project: Creating the image of a fresh space that will play a key role in our company’s future development. Encouraging rich communication between the staff. Exploring the possibilities of a wooden structure.

Pillar grove / mamiya shinichi design studio
© Toshiyuki Yano

The construction was planned with the following considerations in mind: Firstly, concerning the placement of pillars, 30 pillars were placed in a hash-tag layout allowing the creation of a structure that has no load bearing walls inside. Secondly, with regard to the slabs, free-arrangement of the slabs produced differences in height allowing the staff to choose their own custom spaces in the office. Thirdly, regarding the exterior, same-sized openings cover all four walls and give a classic look to the main façade, and provide it with the impression of durability. All of these elements came together to create an intentionally designed space that could bear unintended and surprising forms of functionality.

Pillar grove / mamiya shinichi design studio
© Toshiyuki Yano

Characteristics such as windows cut-off by slabs, windows placed in inaccessible locations, and the staircase peaking out from between slabs contribute to a rich, unusual space – a space that provides the feeling of being in a grove, accomplished through the sunlight shining down via windows on the walls surrounding the inside, -even though the space was created artificially.
 The rule that presided over the production of this space may appear to recall postmodern architecture.

Pillar grove / mamiya shinichi design studio
© Toshiyuki Yano

However, if postmodern architecture is recognized as specializing in meaning, this structure has both the strength of meaning and space. What is “postmodern” originally supposed to mean? The reconsideration of historical value is imbued in this architecture.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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