The Duplicated Edge Office by Tetsuya Matsumoto

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Duplicated Edge

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Office

INSPIRATION:
Modern sciences seek to be more creative, more exact, and more playful. The duplicated edge offers this playfulness using the reflection on the ceiling and back wall. The height change of the tables step becoming a seating space itself contributes to this lively atmosphere. The sharpness of the counter and the panel surrounding it gives an idea about the contemporary methods used by the school.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Matsuo Gakuin preparatory school needed a new office space for its reception and meeting rooms. The available room on the same floor of the mixed-use building where the class rooms are located is narrow and the ceiling is very low. This design proposes a sharp triangular and multifunctional reception desk that also divides the room into functional spaces without use of walls. The ceiling and the back wall are covered in mirrors and reflective panels to visually extend the space.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The sharp counter divides the room into two spaces. The entrance is on the left side of the room. As a result, customers are intuitively oriented into this side of the counter where there are four seats for school assistants. In front of them, two tables for small consultations. The right side of the counter is used for utilities and signing papers. In front of it the two glazed meeting rooms.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project start: December 2016. Construction start: February 2017. Project/Construction End: March 2017. Location Designed in: Himeji City, Japan. Constructed in: Kawanishi City, Japan.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The production of this space mostly followed conventional materials used in Japanese interiors. The walls were made using LGS structures, covered in wood panels and finished in vinyl cloth. The backwall is covered in clear mirror, instead, the ceiling is covered in reflective aluminum panels for security purposes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Gross Built Area: 108sqm W12019mm x D9716mm x H2430mm

TAGS:
Japan, small, office, interior, reflection, counter, sharp, edge

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
As the new available room for this reception and office space is narrow and has a low ceiling height, this project was facing a dilemma. Dividing the space into separate functional rooms would create a non-comfortable atmosphere. Creating a simple open-space on the other hand would result in a feeling of being crushed by the low ceiling. The space-design oriented research in this project focused on how to solve these problems.

CHALLENGE:
The Duplicated Edge Design offers an alternative use of the space; instead of a traditional reception desk facing the entrance, the reception was made in a sharp-edged triangle pointing to the gate and suggesting two subdivisions of the room. The background wall is covered in mirrors extending the view to wider dimensions. The same logic was used to resolve the problem of the low ceiling. Instead of the mirrors, sandwiched reflective aluminum panels were used for safety reasons.

ADDED DATE:
2018-01-29 05:57:23

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Pharmacy, 2017.
Image #2: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Pharmacy, 2017.
Image #3: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Pharmacy, 2017.
Image #4: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Pharmacy, 2017.
Image #5: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Pharmacy, 2017.


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Matsuo Gakuin

PROFILE:
Matsuo Gakuin is a franchisee of the larger Toshin Satellite preparatory schools. These preparatory schools are used by high school’s final year students to prepare for their national university entrance exam. The lessons are standardized for all schools in japan and are prerecorded. Matsuo Gakuin offers accesses to these lessons through its computer equipped classrooms.

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Duplicated Edge Office by Tetsuya Matsumoto is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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The Duplicated Edge Office by Tetsuya Matsumoto is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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