Totetsu Training Institute Wayfinding System by Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Totetsu Training Institute

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Wayfinding System

INSPIRATION:
Totetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd., founded at the request of the former Ministry of Railways to maintain and reinforce Japan’s rail system, is a general construction company with far-reaching expertise in the field of rail-related construction. For the design motif, the design team used rail lines-the core identity of Totetsu Kogyo, which continues to thrive in the rail sector.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Due to the characteristics of the space, some of the rooms in the facility are in blind areas. The rail-line design marks flow lines to those rooms, offering affordances for spatial movement. In addition, the design team used rail scrap for the facility’s name sign and portions of the stairs to capture the company's personality with creative aesthetic accents.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Rooms in blind areas or rooms that need to be accessed through narrow corridors are less likely to be recognized by users. With the rail-line design, users can see a destination in blind areas or beyond narrow corridors and change the inactive space into an active one.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 2019. The project finished in December 2021. Located in Ibaraki, JAPAN.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interface and Interaction Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Facility’s name sign - Used rail scrap Rail line-1 - Steel Rail line-2 - PVC flooring Typography - Floor marking film

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Facility’s name sign - H174 x W2690 Rail line width - 60mm

TAGS:
Wayfinding, Signage, Orientation Design, Environmental Design, Graphic

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
You can find animals' whereabouts, such as foxes, by following the footprints left on the snow-covered ground. Many people will have had the experience of walking across the pedestrian crossing only on the white line as a child. If multiple shapes are drawn on the ground, Hopscotch will start. These unknowingly acquired behavioural habits, which are difficult to prove chemically, can be a hint for designing a wayfinding system. The marks on the floor are great for informing, inducing, and controlling behaviour.

CHALLENGE:
Due to the characteristics of the space, some of the rooms in the facility are in blind areas. The rail-line design marks flow lines to those rooms, offering affordances for spatial movement. In other words, the rail-line design becomes a flow line. This line had to run through the building uninterrupted, and safety had to be taken to prevent users from stumbling. Since the rail lines were constructed by connecting the divided parts, severe dimensional accuracy is required. The rail lines' curves, intersections, branches, etc., were very difficult construction.

ADDED DATE:
2022-01-14 09:30:07

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Architect - Totetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Construction - Totetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.

IMAGE CREDITS:
All Images: Photographer Takeshi Shinto, 2021

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Not applicable

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.motive.tokyo


CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Totetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.

PROFILE:
Based on a well-balanced business structure consisting of Railway Track Maintenance, Civil Engineering, Architectural, and Environmental Businesses, Totetsu Kogyo, as a leading company in the railway-related construction business, make the best endeavors to secure a unique position in the construction industry by making the best use of highly sophisticated technical expertise and stable customer base.



NOMINATION DETAILS

Totetsu Training Institute Wayfinding System by Takuya Wakizaki-Motive Inc is a Nominee in Interface and Interaction Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Totetsu Training Institute Wayfinding System by Takuya Wakizaki-Motive Inc is Winner in Interface and Interaction Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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COMMENTS
Giulia Esposito Comment #15037 on December 27, 2022, 11:12 pm
I'm absolutely impressed by the creativity and innovation of this "Wayfinding System" created by Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc. The design is not only visually stunning, but also serves its purpose of helping people find their way around. It is truly a testament to the skill and expertise of the designer that they were able to come up with such a complex yet effective solution. This work is a great example of how thoughtful design can make a difference in our lives. I'm delighted to see it being recognized with the A' Design Award. Congratulations to Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc. for their success!
Paul Williams Comment #63991 on January 3, 2023, 11:55 pm
I am in awe of Totetsu Training Institute, the award-winning work by Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc. that won the A' Design Award in the category of Interface and Interaction Design. The design team has created an impressive wayfinding system which uses rail-line design to mark flow lines to the rooms in the facility, even in blind areas. This creative and innovative approach to design is further enhanced by the use of rail scrap for the facility name sign and portions of the stairs, to capture the company's personality. The design team's research into the unknowingly-acquired behavioural habits, for designing a wayfinding system, is clearly evident in the project. It is also admirable that the team was able to overcome the challenges of constructing lines with severe dimensional accuracy, to ensure the users' safety. A truly remarkable project, Totetsu Training Institute is a great example of good design and a worthy winner of the A' Design Award.
Paul Phillips Comment #74915 on January 4, 2023, 5:03 am
I'm truly impressed by the ingenuity and creativity behind this wayfinding system. Through the use of rail scrap for the facility's name sign and portions of the stairs, the design team managed to capture the company's personality in a unique and eye-catching way. Not only that, but the rail-line design also provides an intuitive and helpful guide for those in blind areas. It's amazing to see how a design solution can also be a symbolic representation of a company. Kudos to the designer for creating such an amazing work!
Elena Petrenko Comment #78136 on January 4, 2023, 6:42 am
This award-winning work is an innovative and creative wayfinding system that cleverly uses rail scrap, steel and PVC flooring to provide affordances for spatial movement.
Adam Harris Comment #85291 on January 4, 2023, 11:46 am
I am truly impressed by the creative and innovative wayfinding system of Totetsu Training Institute that has been recognised with an A' Design Award. The rail-line design not only offers affordances for spatial movement, but also captures the company's personality with creative aesthetic accents. The research and challenges behind the design are also commendable, as the team had to take safety into account and maintain severe dimensional accuracy for the rail lines. This award is well deserved and an admirable achievement!
Chloe Turner Comment #91418 on January 4, 2023, 6:02 pm
I'm absolutely delighted to see the wonderful work of Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc. be recognized with the A' Design Award for their Wayfinding System for the Totetsu Training Institute. Incorporating the rail lines of Totetsu Kogyo Co. into the design motif is a brilliant way to celebrate the identity of the company and its long-standing commitment to the rail industry. I'm sure the new design will help draw more people to the Totetsu Training Institute and make it easier to navigate around the facility. The interface and interaction design have been wonderfully executed and I'm sure visitors will appreciate the intuitive and user-friendly experience. Congratulations to Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc. on their well-deserved award!
Mark Allen Comment #93580 on January 4, 2023, 8:41 pm
This award-winning work demonstrates the power of creative design to create engaging and unique experiences. Through its clever use of rail lines and scrap materials, it has created an innovative wayfinding system that allows users to easily locate their destination. With its thoughtful design, it has successfully highlighted the company's identity and created a memorable experience. Congratulations to the designer for this outstanding achievement!
Elisabeth Clark Comment #94479 on January 4, 2023, 10:12 pm
I am absolutely amazed at Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc.'s award-winning work, "Totetsu Training Institute". This "Wayfinding System" has truly raised the bar for interface and interaction design. I love how Takuya Wakizaki - Motive Inc. has used rail scrap for the facility’s name sign and portions of the stairs to capture the company's personality. It is clear that a lot of research and thought has gone into this design - from the rail-line design to the use of animals' footprints in the snow. This is a remarkable piece of design and I am delighted to see it recognised with the A' Design Award. Well done!

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