Tenjin Business Center

Tenjin Business Center

Architect
OMA

Nihon Sekkei
Location
Fukuoka, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Stories By
OMA

Curiosity
Tomoyuki Kusunose
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Blue glassAGC Glass Europe
FurnitureCassina Custom Interiors
Stripe FabricChelsea International
ManufacturersKabuku
ManufacturersMitsubishi Chemical
Alminium panel (customized)Nomura Artech

Product Spec Sheet
Blue glass
Stripe Fabric
Manufacturers
by Kabuku
Manufacturers
Alminium panel (customized)

Tenjin Business Center

OMA as Architects

OMA’s only built project in Japan up until 2012 can be found in Fukuoka. The Nexus World Housing complex was completed more than twenty-five years ago. Local developer Fukuoka Jisho commissioned Arata Isozaki to develop a masterplan that introduces a “new urban lifestyle,” for which OMA was invited as one of six architects to design a freestanding housing block.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose

Fukuoka is the seventh biggest city in Japan, known for its distinct cultural identity. Its central location among major cities of East Asia positions the city as a gateway into Japan, contributing to its standing as the economic center of Kyushu Island. The city has been thriving over the last decade, ranking highly in livability, ratio of younger population, and percentage of start-ups.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose

Following the Nexus World Housing complex, Tenjin Business Center signals a newfound ambition for urban renewal and growth. It also marks the next generation of collaboration between OMA, the city of Fukuoka, and Fukuoka Jisho. We believe this project was made possible by the fortuitous alignment of three people of the same generation—Shohei Shigematsu, a Fukuoka native; Ichiro Enomoto, the new CEO of Fukuoka Jisho (son of Kazuhiko Enomoto, former CEO who commissioned Nexus World Housing); and mayor Soichiro Takashima.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose

Tenjin Business Center will be the first development under the mayor’s Tenjin Big Bang initiative to stimulate the district’s formation as an Asian business hub and startup city. We wanted to create a building that is not just a symbol of success but also an incubator and space for discourse that harnesses the energy and activities of the neighborhood. How can we make an office building that suggests a new generation and reflects Fukuoka’s existing urban context?

photo_credit Fukuoka Jisho
Fukuoka Jisho

The site is located at the intersection of two major axes: Meiji-dori—the city’s established avenue of commerce lined with financial offices—and Inabacho-dori—an organic pedestrian corridor linked to the City Hall Plaza and Galleria and lined with intimate cafes. Below ground, the site connects to a subway station and shopping concourse. The building program is predominantly workspace, within a given massing that is neither low-rise nor tower.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose

Office buildings are often quite sober and withdrawn from public life. The introverted typology internalizes its atriums and lobbies, shrouding its best assets. Our approach was to excavate the facade on the corner of Meiji-dori and Inabacho-dori to articulate the convergence of two different urban activities. This gesture enhances two conditions simultaneously—they reveal the internal activity of the office and draw in public activity at the new entry plaza.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose

Within the carved out corner is a six-story atrium that reinforces the inside/outside visual connection and draws natural light down to the lower-level concourse linked to the area’s underground pedestrian, retail, and transit network. The excavation is calibrated as three-dimensional pixels that break down the building to a human scale. The pixelated facade forms a series of soffit surfaces above, activated with signage and lighting that reinforce a sense of place at the convergence point.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose

Setbacks at the opposing upper level provide green terraces for offices. In respect to the nature in the city, we symbolically introduce terraces with panoramic views to the often-overlooked Naka River and Hakata Bay. Together, the two pixelated edges round out the building to create a sense of softness like that of a melting ice cube.
The eroded corners soften the edge between the public domain and the private office building, generating an openness for the activity along Fukuoka’s main civic and commercial thoroughfares. As the first development in the Tenjin Big Bang initiative, we wanted it to set a precedent for the adjacent buildings to come—activated intersections and plazas at each building creating a network
of public zones that knit the new district together.

photo_credit Tomoyuki Kusunose
Tomoyuki Kusunose
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TENJIN BUSINESS CENTER BY CURIOSITY AND OMA

Curiosity as Interior Architects

Tenjin Business Center in the center of Fukuoka is the building leading “Tenjin Big Bang”, initiative marking the start of the district’s formation into an Asian business hub and start-up city.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

The pixelated façade created by OMA New York under the direction of Mr. Shigematsu breaks down the facade to a human scale. Curiosity was invited to design the interior: the main atrium, entrance lobby, and public spaces within the building. 

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

The building unique function that will host start-up and world-leading companies from finance and high tech, inspired the interior theme. The blue pixel in the center of the atrium is a large glass cube that symbolizes the technology and digital future of the Tenjin companies.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

The Tenjin Business Center is a preview of future offices that infuse a strong sense of creativity and optimism that will reflect on the people working within. Visible from the outside through the façade, it becomes a strong focus point and icon of the building connecting to the pixelated facade theme. The warm glow of the atrium visible in transparency through the pixel facade by OMA.

The digital and futuristic feel is harmonized by a subtle play of floating vertical lightings that cast around the main atrium and the different areas of the building.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

The vibrant and warm interior is created by the wall covered with bronze color metallic mesh that creates a soft and surprising feel to the public spaces. The vibration created by the metallic mesh wrapped the entire atrium, covering walls and windows in a play of transparent and solid composition. The dialogue between the industrial touch of the metal and the digital sensation of the blue glass honor past and future industries. Arrival to the upper lobby floor, in a sequence generated by continuous vertical lightings.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

A carefully curated selection of art pieces completes the interior theme. Daniel Buren graphical signature piece welcomes the visitor on the upper floor. Suspended in mid-air, a sculpture highlights the main lobby area in a graphical and sculptural composition. Upper lobby within the blue glass cube highlighted by the Daniel Buren art piece.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

A unique collection of furniture was developed for the Tenjin business center, produced in collaboration with Cassina.Ixc. A challenge in the present time is to create intimacy and privacy within public spaces with a sense of refuge. The iconic shape of the vertical elements provides independence and privacy and becomes part of the interior composition.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

The tilted-shaped sofa creates an intimate setting and interaction between the people. An unusual salon typology is created by surprising angled shape sitting, inviting the visitor to relax and enjoy the place, suggesting communication between the visitors.

photo_credit SATOSHI SHIGETA
SATOSHI SHIGETA

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