Photographer: Y.Okamura



タイトルの「ReBar」は、鉄筋を意味する「Reinforced Bar」に由来します。鉄筋は普段、コンクリート(Reinforced Concrete)の強度を確保するものとして使われ、表に出てくるものではありません。しかし、今回は、あえてその鉄筋を表に出し、空間を包み込み、機能であると同時に意匠的役割を担わせました。

まず、Reinforced Barの機能的役割は、構造躯体の強度を保つことにとどまらず、鉄筋内部で行われるレクチャーやディスカッション、ブレーンストーミングなどの活気や躍動感を鉄筋メッシュの壁から「溢れ出させる」ことにより、それを受けた執務スペースのワーカーたちに、インスピレーションやポジティブな影響を与えます。

そして、Reinforced Barの意匠的役割は、白く塗られた無機質な異形鉄筋が壁という仕切りの役割を担いながらも、光と風を通すことで、ワーカーたちの集中力を高めつつ、水色を背景にすることで心理的に落着きや安心感を与えています。




Motivating rebar walls, in an office designed for pervasive dynamism

This renovation transformed part of a 33-year-old building in Shibaura, Tokyo, that once provided warehousing and R&D space for a leading electronics company. Design of the 150 m2 area was also undertaken to attract a future corporate tenant who will use all 1,380 m2 of the floor space.

A primary consideration was that any walls erected should not impede airflow of the central air conditioning, which suggested that we should approach the project by redefining the role of office walls.

The name Warehouse Market Tokyo ReBar derives from the rebar used.

Normally these bars are embedded to create reinforced concrete with high tensile strength. Here, bare bars trace the perimeter of the room. Our intent was to let the internal conversations that drive company activities – lectures, discussions, brainstorming, and so on – spill out naturally through the mesh of steel bars.

Walls at ReBar were envisioned to encourage overflow instead of separation, which, through the chemistry between the work done inside and outside here, may foster the creative growth of a corporate tenant.

A relaxing light blue sets the tone of the inner area, with the partition being a crystalline lattice of white bars. We hope the bars form a kind of interactive wall that circulates and amplifies workplace enthusiasm, motivating members of the organization.  Text by Hideo Kumaki , OrganicDesign Inc.