A chic, nature-filled office building in Tokyo boldly brings the outdoors in

May 27, 2019 by  
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In Tokyo, a new office tower stands out from the concrete jungle with its embrace of nature. Designed by prolific Japanese design studio nendo in the centrally located Kojimachi neighborhood, the Kojimachi Terrace is an 11-story high-rise wrapped in a grid-like, timber-faced facade that’s complemented with a bright interior dressed in a warm palette of wood, raw stone and bronze-colored stainless steel. A “Sky Forest” — a three-story, open-air garden — punctuates the building’s top floors and provides employees with a “nature-like hideaway” in the heart of Tokyo . Sheathed in a glass skin, the Kojimachi Terrace still manages to achieve a human scale thanks to its second covering, a grid of timber-clad elements that continues from the exterior to the interior. The grid’s seemingly sporadic pattern helps hide the safety rails and pillars that are required to support window construction and are disguised with wooden finishes to blend in with the grid. Further softening the building’s appearance are the plant-filled balconies placed on six out of the building’s 11 floors. These outdoor terraces can also be turned into private meeting spaces, while the three-story “Sky Forest” at the top of the building offers a more immersive nature escape open to the sky. “Typical office buildings are usually built as closed-off blocks with artificial climate control that do not share any real physical connection with their exterior environments. Therefore, in the ‘Kojimachi Terrace’ design, the external elements were taken into account to allow for a more physical experience of the outdoors, like witnessing the changing weather and yearly seasons,” explained the architects, adding that some of the glass panels that clad the facade are operable to allow for natural ventilation . Related: Cleverly layered compact dirt walls mimic ice cream cakes in this Tokyo patisserie The interior design also references the natural landscape. In addition to the inclusion of raw stone and bronze-colored stainless steel materials, the interiors feature a hand-applied plaster finish on the floors and walls that create a textured and uneven appearance. The woven grid elements from the exterior are also continued into the interior, where they are transformed into lighting fixtures and echoed in the design of the furnishings and carpet patterns. + nendo Photography by Takumi Ota via nendo

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Ancient Japanese tombs inspire nendos first public space design

June 9, 2017 by  
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Prolific Japanese studio nendo completed their first public space design that puts a playful and futuristic spin on its unlikely source or inspiration: ancient Japanese tombs. Located at Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture, the multipurpose public space is a 6,000-square-meter station plaza that includes amenities such as bicycle rentals, cafes, and a play area. The goal of the project, called CoFuFun, aims to encourage revitalization of the area through strengthening community bonds. The whimsical name CoFuFun combines the term ‘cofun’—the name of sacred tomb mounds that the Tenri region is known for—with the colloquial Japanese expression ‘fufun,’ which means happy, unconscious humming. Inspired by cofun’s grass-covered mounds, nendo designed the plaza with a series of circular white structures made from precast white concrete . The modern cofun also reference Nara’s mountainous geography with some structures depressed and others domed. Related: Bangkok’s Siam Discovery retail center gets a major redesign from Japanese firm nendo Steps cover the prefabricated structures, which are used for a variety of uses including seating, shade, play, and even skating. A cafe and other shops are built inside the domed cofuns. “The cofun are beautifuland unmistakeable, but blend into the spaces of everyday life in the city,” says nendo. “The alphabet spelling, “CoFuFun”, also brings in the “co-“ of “cooperation” and “community”, as well as – of course –“fun” itself. The result is a name whose Japanese and alphabet spellings mean similar things, so that foreign visitorsto the plaza will understand it in the same way, too.” + nendo Images by Takumi Ota

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Bangkok’s Siam Discovery retail center gets a major redesign from Japanese firm nendo

May 31, 2016 by  
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The previous design of the retail center , with its deep layout and narrow entry, created problems for the traffic flow of pedestrians, which is one thing a shopping center does not want. The architecture and design firm was called in to help, with the new design addressesing the previous issues by extending the circular atriums throughout and creating a canyon-like path stretching nearly 200 feet to the back of the building. Related: Nendo’s Trace collection of cabinets and lights look like drawings come to life Along one side of the atrium, a series of 220 frame-shaped boxes hold video monitors, digital signs, and displays of merchandise, which together create a unique and innovative ‘directory’ of sorts for the five-story department store. The design team at nendo devised a double-skinned facade to protect the interior from the sun, creating a tranquil shopping experience. The patterns on the facade echo the “stacked box” installation in the atrium. The overall theme for the interior design is unusual for a retail center. The designers call it a “Lifestyle Laboratory,” using motifs in 13 locations around the sales floor featuring laboratory equipment such as beakers, flasks, and test tubes, as well as diagrams of molecular structures, nucleotide DNA sequences, microscopes, and amoeba. Despite the sanitized air of the lab schema, the space maintains a relaxing feel which just might inspire visitors to spend a little more money than they intended. + nendo Images via Takumi Ota

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Nendo creatively reimagines the humble sticky note into beautiful sculpture

January 13, 2016 by  
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One of the reasons why we love Japanese studio nendo is because of their ability to breathe new life into forgotten everyday objects. The prolific designers recently unveiled their re-imagined sticky notes , turning the two-dimensional office stationary into a playful cube. Titled the Block Memo , the paper cube comprises three different shapes of sticky notes. One corner of the cube is cut off to allow the sculptural object to balance on itself. The Block Memo will be sold for 2,500 JPY. + nendo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Artists Bigert & Bergström are rescuing Sweden’s highest peak from climate change

January 13, 2016 by  
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In the past few decades, the south peak of Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain (which mainly consists of a glacier), has been melting due to the warming climate. It’s getting so bad that the rocky north peak threatens to take over as the highest point in Sweden, enticing climbers to attack the more-dangerous route to reach Sweden’s highest peak. To help halt the melting, artists Bigert & Bergström have deployed a golden cloth to protect the south peak. Last summer, a 500 square meter reflective golden cloth was deployed on the mountain’s south peak and for several summers prior, similarly large areas of the glacier were covered in the reflective cloth, which has successfully saved 3 meters of glacial ice each summer. Known as the Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, the artists are now featuring an exhibition of the project called The Freeze. The project will be shown at Gallery Belenius Nordenhake , opening in Stockholm January 16, 2016. + Bigert & Bergström  

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Nendo’s innovative carbon fiber Nest bookshelf shrinks and expands like an accordion

September 29, 2015 by  
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Nendo creates timber-like furnishings out of Alcantara artificial suede

May 27, 2015 by  
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Don’t be fooled by the swirling wood grain-like textures—these beautiful gray-toned furnishings are actually made from Alcantara artificial suede. Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo created these timber-like materials by layering different colored textiles , rolling them into a “log” shape, and finally slicing the Alcantara layers into timber-like planks. The studio used the sturdy material, selected for its resistance to fraying, to construct a table and several chairs. Nendo showcased these furniture pieces at the ‘Alcantara, Technology of Dreams’ exhibition, which runs until May 31 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale. + Nendo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alcantara , Alcantara wood , artificial suede , Nendo , reader submitted content

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Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi

May 27, 2015 by  
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While Google has sought wide publicity for its self-driving car efforts, Uber has been a much quieter force in the movement. Uber confirmed news of the self-driving car project in February of this year but has kept its project under wraps until last week. An Uber-branded test vehicle, a Ford sedan, was spotted for the first time in Pittsburgh. The $40 billion company aims to develop its own fleet of self-driving taxis that will eventually replace its human drivers, the most expensive part of their car service. Read the rest of Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , autonomous vehicle , car , carnegie mellon , National Robotics Engineering Center , pittsburgh , self driving taxi , self-driving car , Uber

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California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents

May 27, 2015 by  
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Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, and he’s also the first California resident to receive a free rooftop solar system. But he won’t be the last. Thanks to legislation first introduced by Senator Kevin de León, the Oakland-based non-profit organization GRID Alternatives is funneling funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program designed to discourage carbon dioxide emissions, into a program that is expected to deliver 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by 2016 . Read the rest of California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , CA cap-and-trade , California free solar , California free solar program , clean tech , free rooftop solar panels , free solar , free solar for poor California residents , greenhouse gas emissions , Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund , GRID alternatives , reduced CO2 emissions , rooftop solar , rooftop solar panels , Roy Rivera , Sacramento , Senator Kevin de Leon , solar panels

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Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space at Milan Design Week (PHOTOS)

April 16, 2015 by  
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