TAKEO KAMIYA, Architect
This is an interior design work in a super high-rise building at Ebisu Garden Place, which was a large well-known project in the 1990’s for redevelopment of Ebisu district in Tokyo. Being a showroom office of ample floor area, I placed a concentrated lobby space at the center under the name of ‘Patio’, which is surrounded by a seminar room, a conference room and an office room as purpose spaces. In order to impress the guests, who come to listen to explanations of the company’s products, Patio was designed as a symbolic space encircled by marble columns with a kinetic sculpture at the center.
DATA ; Interior Design of a Showroom Office / Location : Ebisu Garden Place Tower 12F, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo / Design : Takeo Kamiya architect and associates, February - October 1994 / Mechanical design : Hiroaki Higashi / Electrical design : Shoichi Yamazaki / Lighting design : Reiko Chikada / Construction : Kajima Construction, October - December 1994 / Floor area : 470 square meters / Magazine : "Shoten Kenchiku" November 1996 / Photographs : Isao Imbe
The subject area was a 460 square meter space in a super high-rise building. Though it was the showroom-office of a manufacturing corporation, the headquarters of which are in Nagoya, that is not to say it was to display its products here, but in a way, it was to be a meeting place with customers.
The mission of the Tokyo branch was to inform and publicize the systems of those software to people and companies. Therefore, requested office space was small and the staff worked flextime, often going outside spontaneously or working at home with their personal computers. People with companies, government agencies, and universities, interested by the staff’s guidance, would visit this showroom-office to get more detailed explanations and to debate with the staff. The purpose of the interior design here was to create the best suitable spaces for those operations.