- Office in Resonance with the Mysterious Beauty and Energy of Diamonds
We performed the design for the office of a diamond product dealer. We were asked to create a space inhabited by the beauty of the diamonds created with a high level of polishing technology and the nature of Bisei, Okayama Prefecture, where the processing plant is located. Deliverables included three spaces: an entrance area, a seminar room, and a private area.
For the entrance hall, we took inspiration from the process by which diamonds are formed deep beneath the Earth’s crust where temperatures and pressures are very high, and created a space that fuses the rough flow of the strata with the shining form of diamonds born within. The rich mosaic created by the changes in the unique texture of the materials echoes throughout the space the rhythm and glow of the mystical light of diamonds filled with the energy of their miraculous origins.
A gradation of colors representing the blue sky and greenery of the town of Bisei unfolds in the central seminar room while vibrant waves of colors drift through the space, softly enveloping people in it. The brown palette of the private area represents the depths of Earth from which diamonds are born and creates a calm atmosphere by echoing the layered colors of the strata.
By paying homage to the origins of diamond formation, we sought to create a space resonating with this process born from the power of the Earth and the mysterious energy of nature permeating it.
Design Firm: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Design Team: Moriyuki Ochiai, Kirthi Balakrishnan, Jillian Lei, Amit Arunabh
Constructor: Soken Group (Norihiro Ariyoshi, Momoko Kinoshita, Ayumu Morioka, Miki Ito, Kenga Shoji)
Special Paint: Osamu Yamaguchi
Special material: Marie Kakuta / Hinode Industrial Arts
Lighting: Kayo Yokoyama / Koizumi Lighting