[Atsushi Kitagawara Architects Inc. - NAKANISHI New Headquarters and R&D Center RD1 - COVER IMG] Center Court and office over the windows / Photographer Kenya Chiba

NAKANISHI New Headquarters and R&D Center RD1

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Industrial Buildings
Firm Locationshibuya-ku, Japan
CompanyAtsushi Kitagawara Architects Inc.
Lead ArchitectAtsushi Kitagawara
Design TeamArch. Daisuke Kobayashi, Arch. Motomi Nishiuchi, Arch.Mayuko Matsukawa

NSK is the no.1 global market share company in dental hand pieces. The idea of a light well emerged called “Center Court” composing a communication core area. The spiral slope that represents a symbolic figure of “ultra-high-speed rotation technology” ascends along the inverted conical RC wall, and seamlessly connects each floor to encourage a variety of communication. Through repeated studies on the rain-water flow, light reflection and shading, we invented a cladding system in aluminum called ‘Σ panel’, which controls the interior space environment through seasonal changes.