In Tokyo, gamepad-controlled offices for a gaming company

A building in a chaotic urban context guarantees well-being and recollection for creative work thanks to the high-performance design and technological solutions.

An introverted shell: this is how this office building in the Taito - ku district appears, as if to screen from its surroundings - made up of ordinary buildings and congested with traffic from the adjacent railway overpass - an internal microcosm of creativity and ingenuity.

Monospinal by Makoto Yamaguchi Design houses the new office building of a company that designs and makes video games. The complex, spread over eight floors above ground and one basement, houses receptional functions on the ground floor, a theatre and recording rooms on the second and third, and offices above.

The main objective of the project was to guarantee employees optimal working conditions in terms of concentration and well-being, within a technologically high-performance building.

In order to reduce introspection, dampen acoustic impact and control radiation, the façades are punctuated on each floor by inclined surfaces clad with aluminium sheets and completely blind. The oblique planes have varying heights depending on the levels, softening the tight closure of the façades towards the top and allowing a diversified relationship with the outside: if at the lower floors, in direct contact with the surroundings, high screens leave no space for any perception of the outside, at the upper ones the dimensions of the inclined walls are reduced, allowing the gaze to filter through the glass windows onto the urban landscape. The specially designed inclination of the surfaces also allows natural light and ventilation to be captured and diffused.

Makoto Yamaguchi Design, Monospinal, Tokyo, Japan 2023. Photo Koichi Torimura
Makoto Yamaguchi Design, Monospinal, Tokyo, Japan 2023. Courtesy Makoto Yamaguchi Design

As in a video game animated by a command station, the building's entire operating, control and management system - from microclimate to security - is highly automated and accessible by each user via smartphone or tablet; the systems are configured to allow centralised control of each device through an open protocol with high inter-connectivity. The combination of efficient electrical and mechanical systems and a rainwater harvesting system ensures high environmental performance.

Courtesy Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Architectural project:
Makoto Yamaguchi Design
Structural, facility and electrical design:
Lighting Design:
Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
Shimizu Corporation
Landscape design:

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