a living architecture office by Ikimono Architects

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What happens when a nature-revering architectural firm designs their own office from scratch? Just ask Takashi Fujino, of Ikimono Architects, who explains the significance behind their name: “I gave the name Ikimono [“being alive”] to my office, because I think that whatever is born, grows and dies can be considered a living creature.” In keeping with that very same philosophy, Fujino designed Atelier Tenjinyama for him and his staff to work. The structure itself is quite simple – a study in minimalism – but it’s the details that expose the workplace to the outdoors.

Various plant life were carefully chosen for the interior based on functional criteria – vegetation for shielding the sun, flowers to exude aromas and herbs for cooking. After the studio’s completion in early 2011, Fujino set up a camera in the office to record daily life of staff, the growth of all his office plants and how the two interact. Exactly 3 years since the completion of his office, Fujino has compiled a time-lapse of the video. Sure enough, the building has become a workplace where occupants can smell the scent of spring flowers, gaze at clouds and stars and listen to the sound of rain or snow falling.

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If you’re interested, check out some other buildings that have successfully incorporate the outdoors.

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2 Comments

  1. George Johnson

    May 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Looks like an abandoned building at first glance or a decrepit storage unit. Needs some color trim and a decorative brick walkway to make it seem more “alive” and less abandoned grey.

  2. Oh George! You missed the point! Did you watch the video? Pay attention to the beauty 🙂

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