Tetsuo Kobori



ROKI Global Innovation Center

ROKI Global Innovation Center
  • Location : Shizuoka, Japan
  • Year : 2013
  • Category : Laboratory
  • Structure : Reinforced concrete, partial Steel Reinforced concrete
  • Structural/Mechanical Engineer : Arup
  • Landscape Design : studio on site
  • Lighting Design : Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office
  • Photographer : Takahiro Arai, Ryota Atarashi
  • Architect : Tetsuo Kobori Architects

What kind of space allows researchers to produce creative ideas? The bird’s-eye view will foster various ideas and creativity. By constructing a new building on land blessed with nature, we aimed to create a place where pleasant emotions and the changes of nature can be felt, allowing the people who work there to produce fresh ideas. Structurally building is a studio under a single roof, with artificial earth on each level. The researchers can freely choose where to work while gazing down at earth spreading out in front of their eyes.

The filter ceiling is a constantly changing second sky that percolates light and shadows. Wind has also been addressed. Air flows are analyzed using a simulation, the skylights open together with sliding doors, and a pleasant wind from the Tenryu River can be felt. It is our hope that perhaps the researchers will feel a sense of unity through the shared “architectural experience” and come to know the instinctive sympathy they have.