Tetsuo Kobori



CIC Tokyo

CIC Tokyo
  • Location : Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Year : 2020
  • Category : Office
  • Architect : CIC + Tetsuo Kobori Architects
  • Structural/Mechanical Engineer : Arup
  • Sigin : Arata Takemoto Design
  • Furniture design, production and coodinate : CIC + Tetsuo Kobori Architects + Inter Office
  • Furniture design and production : Hidakuma
  • Furniture production : Kitokurashi no seisakusho
  • Construction : Mori Building
  • Photographer : Takahiro Arai

The place of availability
CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) is a company that provides workspaces, communities and services for business growth and global expansion to various start-up companies. CIC has innovation centers in eight cities around the world, and the Tokyo CIC is a project which creates its first base in Asia in Japan. We wanted to create an available place (a place which people can easily utilize) in the strong square grid called Toranomon Hills Business Tower.

As a place for startups, we were inspired by a natural system of CELLs that repeat growth and division, and created a space where “CELLs = private rooms” are organically connected. As a result of connecting the CELLs sometimes corridor or a large private room is formed. There is no single private room of the same size and shape, and corridor paths with no direct visibility continue while refracting. By interspersing ROJI CORNER in the corridor area, new discoveries and chances of an encounter are born alike in back alleys of a city.

Stairs that seamlessly connect the upper and lower floors
In the center of the tenant area where people frequently gather, we have set up an open staircase that seamlessly connects the upper and lower floors and a Venture Café, a place for events. Around this staircase, the entire floor has a flow line which allows a migration of tenants resulting in a gradation of activities depending on where people are and where they meet.

Possibility of a new way of working
Humans prefer hidden places and corners. Many activities and communities are born in the back alleys. ROJI CORNER becomes a hub of loose and accidental connections, and is a place similar to these back alleys, that can be used in various styles such as working alone or having meetings as well as a place for relaxing and casual talks. The work style in which users move in various ways shows the possibility of PBW (project-based working) that functions for each project and is considered to be one of the spatial configurations that accelerate future innovation.




世界の8都市にイノベーションセンターを展開するCIC(ケンブリッジイノベーションセンター)が、アジア初となる拠点を東京につくるプロジェクトである. CICはさまざまなスタートアップ企業に対してワークスペースと、ビジネスの成長とグローバル展開のためのコミュニティやサービスを提供している企業である。私たちは、虎ノ門ヒルズビジネスタワーという四角形の強いグリッドの中に、アベイラブルな場(人が活かされる場)をつくりたいと考えた。

私たちはスタートアップの場として、成長や分裂を繰り返すCELL(細胞)から発想し、“CELL=個室”が有機的に連結する空間を考えた。CELLの連結は時に廊下となり、時に大きな個室を形成する。同じ大きさ・形状の個室は一つとしてなく、見通しの効かない廊下が屈折しながら続いていく。廊下の溜まり場となる場所にROJI CORNERを点在させることで、都市の路地裏のように新たな発見や偶然な出会いが生まれる。


人間は隠れた場所や隅っこを好み、路地裏では多く活動やコミュニティが生まれる。ROJI CORNERはゆるやかで偶発的な繋がりのハブとなり,ひとりで仕事したり打ち合わせを行ったりと多様なスタイルで使える路地裏のような居場所である。使い手が多様に移動する働き方は,プロジェクトごとで働くPBW(プロジェクトベースドワーキング)への可能性を示すもので、今後のイノベーションを加速する空間構成のひとつと考えている。