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New ‘Uniqlo City’ Workspace Sets Out To Transform Japanese Working Culture
By Kylie Woon, 31 Aug 2017
Along the waterfront of the Ariake District in Tokyo sprawls ‘Uniqlo City’, the massive new headquarters of Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo and parent company, Fast Retailing.
Spread across four acres, the enormous campus resembles what one may find in Silicon Valley—wide walkways, open lounges, shared eating areas and communal working spaces that flow into each other. Warm light, cosy lofts, wooden flooring and designer furniture soften the corporate atmosphere.
Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the workspace is breaking new ground in Japan—but why?
In Japan, traditional corporate environments prevail and a strong observance and respect for hierarchy is the norm. But in Uniqlo City, an employee could share a communal desk with their boss or interact with workers from other departments in the shared libraries or lofts.
These are interactions that are alien in corporate Japan, and both Allied Works and Fast Retailing believe the progressive, open design will foster collaboration, interaction, and creativity within Japanese working culture in a way that has not been done before.
Take a look at the innovative space below—do you think open spaces have the power to change an entire working culture?
[via Resnicow and Associates, images via Allied Works Architecture and featured with permission]
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