Klein Dytham Architecture transformed an old bowling alley in a large 8 story amusement complex in downtown Tokyo. The amusement complex was still in use with bewling and golf driving ranges on the floors above and below, but the center two floors were empty. TWBA/ Hakuhodo company mantra is ʻdisruptionʼ and we felt that locating the new agency here would be a wonderful way to disrupt the agency’s clients expectations when they visit the space. It suggests that the agency ʻthinks differentʼ even for themselves!
A central park runs through the middle of the space and a series of shelters for meeting rooms, project rooms and director’s offices generate a small townscape in the space, where the raised areas on top of the shelters make for pleasant breakout spaces.
Bowling alleys are great because they are column free, and after removing the suspended ceiling we revealed a double height space. This also revealed 2m deep down-stand beams which we re-clad integrating lighting and air-conditioning. The over riding rhythm of the beams naturally lead us to arrange the desks in ʻbowling lanesʼ with circulation between them. A central park runs through the middle of the space and a series of shelters for meeting rooms, project rooms and director’s offices generate a small townscape in the space, where the raised areas on top of the shelters make for pleasant breakout spaces.
The office is entered on the 6th floor of the building. This floor acts as reception, gallery and meeting space for external visitors. A wide stair descends onto the main floor arriving in the central park cafe area. Stepped seating and a large plasma screen allow this space to be a very flexible presentation space. The space is not only used by T\H but also for collaborative events with their clients such as receptions, fashion shows, product launches often resulting in happy parties.
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