With a history spanning over 160 years, IHI is Japan’s leading heavy industry conglomerate. In order to respond quickly to the complex, changing needs of society and its customers, IHI needed to create a “base” for developing new businesses with its partners by utilizing its advanced technological capabilities.
▼办公环境概览，overview of the office © Nacasa & Partners
▼不同功能、属性和环境，diagram of functions © 株式会社日建设计
Planning started with finding IHI’s uniqueness. Much of the planning period was spent in dialogues with IHI’s people, and included close observation of engineers’ daily activities, interviews with all executives, fieldwork at similar facilities, and a wide range of workshops, in order to identify specific issues and set clear goals. Various functions, characteristics and environments required for the project were identified as a result.
▼休闲办公区，solo and relax spaces © Nacasa & Partners
▼走廊满足休息与工作的不同需求，the corridor for relaxing and working © Nacasa & Partners
A variety of elements were required for the facility. A 14m x 75m horizontal floor shape was utilized to match the innovation process, while a “layered” plan format allowed different functions of the space to be arranged in side-by-side fashion. Public spaces for connecting people and information within and outside the company were arranged, as were private spaces for start-up teams and individual researchers to immerse themselves. In this way, a system was created to accelerate project pursuits.
▼共享办公区，the co-lab © Nacasa & Partners
▼开放会议室，the dock © Nacasa & Partners
▼自由活动区，the blank area © Nacasa & Partners
▼金属框架墙围合空间，the metal framed wall enclosing the space © Nacasa & Partners
▼透过玻璃的视觉互动，visual interaction through the glasses © Nacasa & Partners
▼金属构件细部，details of the materials © Nacasa & Partners
▼项目室满足不同需求，project room with various functions © Nacasa & Partners
Next, the entire space was purposely left undetailed for later “overlay.” This meant that floors, walls, ceilings, signage, base coat and over coat were left with “rough” finishes. Rather than an uncluttered, stain-resistant, single-use format facility, the space was designed to be plied unhesitatingly, much like a personal garden, ready for arranging to one’s liking to develop new ideas.
▼吧台区，the dry bar © Nacasa & Partners
▼吧台细部，details of the dry bar © Nacasa & Partners
By incorporating full-scale manufacturing industry products such as H-beams into the space, a miniature “everyday scene” was created to make it easier, to the craftman’s mind, to discover new perspectives. In addition, although the facility is technically an interior design, it is considered an exterior space; thanks to architectural and civil engineering scales, an open environment like a park or city takes shape and goes far beyond the conventional interior scale. The IHI Innovation Center’s space design ensures that the routine acts of noticing and discovering become starting points for innovation.
▼置入H型钢等工业产品，incorporating industry products such as H-beams into the space © Nacasa & Partners
▼融入品牌标志，integrating IHI Logo in the products © Nacasa & Partners
▼家具细部，details © Nacasa & Partners
▼平面图，plan © 株式会社日建设计
项目摄影：Nacasa & Partners
Name: IHI Innovation Center [i-Base]
Location: Yokohama, Japan
Major Use: Innovation center
Client: IHI Corporation
Innovation support: Nikken Sekkei
Schematic design/Design development/Site work review: Nikken Sekkei
Construction: NOMURA Co Ltd.
Total floor area: 1,243 m2 (2 floors out of 5 floors above ground)
Fit out work: March 2019 – May 2019
Photo Credits: Nacasa & Partners