CYBERNET SYSTEMS HEADQUARTERS TOKYO
Interior Design | Graphic design | Product design
SIZE: 1000 sqm
CLIENT: Cybernet Systems, CO., LTD.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Shukoh K.K.
PROJECT BY: Matteo Belfiore Architecture
Matteo Belfiore - Project leader
Elisa Cecchetti - Architect
TEAM: Matteo Belfiore, Elisa Cecchetti, Hajime Hachii, Tomohiro Fujita, Daichi Chiku, Daisuke Miyata, Sayaka Furudate
PHOTOS: Lamberto Rubino
Cybernet Systems Co. Ltd. is one of the world-leading companies in manufacturing support using CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering).
The new Cybernet’s headquarter, located in Tokyo, is a modern space with a simple and minimal design approach, inspired by the traditional Japanese architecture's flexibility. Open space plan and transparent partitions make the office bright, innovative and sustainable, promoting wellness and creative collisions through flexibility and technology.
The office space is divided into two zones with different vocations and privacy levels, separated by transparent and translucent partitions containing the meeting rooms. The first zone, called "Cyber-garden, is semipublic and adjacent to the entrance. This minimal space with seating and counters, whose shapes are inspired by natural elements, reminds a Japanese rock garden, and it is used to welcome the visitors and showcase the company's values and products. A custom-made free-address area is placed nearby the second entrance. Seven meeting rooms and two seminar rooms, wrapped by glass partitions, overlook the lounge area.
The second zone, only accessible to the employees, it’s organized in three areas: deep work and concentration; collaboration and multipurpose; relax and free address. This “Intelligent zoning” eliminates the clutter and enlarges communication and social interaction spaces. To promote the employees' wellbeing, besides the traditional fixed desks, employees can choose a comprehensive free address option: height-adjustable tables and stools, modular seating, high counters, low tables, etc.
The renovation project's design principles can be summarized in implementing five design strategies and several innovative technical solutions.
INTEGRATION, between Italian and Japanese culture, the spirit that guides the whole project, where creativity and quality of "made in Italy" are coupled with traditional Japanese design's minimalism and flexibility.
INNOVATION. Cybernet's office includes several cutting-edge technologies and high-tech furniture which significantly contribute to its efficiency and functionality.
FLEXIBILITY. The flexible design adopted allows using the same space to host different functions, such as work, meetings, presentations and social interactions. The concept of Activity Based Working (ABW) – people perform various activities in different work settings – has been fully implemented.
SUSTAINABILITY. Four simple strategies guarantee sustainability.
Minimalism, required also by Cybernet's management directions, with a decluttered space as much as possible and the reduce of unnecessary items.
Quality, with high quality and long life products which reduce disposal and replacement.
Modularity, which makes possible to replace just the damaged part of a product if needed, to disassemble the furniture andrecycle its components.
Environmental-friendly approach, through the use of natural and renewable materials.
BIO-WELL-NESS, where biophilic design and WELL Building Standard work synergistically to achieve the best environmental’s quality.
Moreover, furniture and materials were carefully planned to have the best environment's quality for the employees and embed the recent "social distance" guidelines. The overall office space is conceived as a "low density" environment by increasing the employees' area, the workstations' size, and distance. High-quality "human-centered" design elements were adopted to guarantee the workers' health and comfort thanks to their ergonomic design.