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TBWA / Hakuhodo Offices / KDa

  • 01:00 - 3 February, 2009
TBWA / Hakuhodo Offices / KDa
TBWA / Hakuhodo Offices / KDa

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Shibaura, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Klein Dytham architecture
  • Team

    Astrid Klein, Mark Dytham , Yukinari Hisayama, Yoshinori Nishmura, Joe Keating
  • Contractor

    D Brian, Masaya Tanimoto Totem
  • Client

    TBWA/ Hakuhodo
  • Project Year


From the architect. The finished design for the new T/H office space was a creative adaptive reuse enterprise and a joint venture between TBWA, a global advertising company, and Hakuhodo, Japan's second-largest advertising agency.

Their new office space is located in a rather atypical and unique building: a large, eight-story amusement complex in downtown Tokyo. The building, functioning primarily as a bowling alley and driving range on the upper and lower floors, had two vacant center floors available.

Once serving as a bowling alley, the long, column-free space selected by KDa provided some incredible design opportunities. Rather than negating the original use of the space, KDa embraced the linearity of the architecture and designed the office layout in conjunction with the predefined alleys.

The ceilings are double-height, with two-meter tall beams rhythmically running the length of the space. Lighting and air-conditioning were integrated seamlessly into the ceiling and between the beams, creating a smooth, clean white finish and soft, indirect lighting. Workspaces were also arranged between the beams, with white central walkways mimicking the overhead framework.

Truly the most delightful feature of the T/H office space is the design of the whimsical project rooms, meeting rooms and directors’ offices that are scattered throughout the space. They emerge from the wooden floor like small grassy knolls covered in soft moss. The shelters are also accessible from the top, allowing for casual and pleasant breakout spaces.

The office’s main entrance is on the sixth floor, acting as reception, gallery and meeting space for visitors. A wide staircase descends into a central park that runs down the center of the building. This large area offers stepped seating and a large plasma screen for presentations. The space itself is quite flexible as it is also used “for collaborative events with their clients such as receptions, fashion shows, product launches often resulting in happy parties. Especially on 'Beer Thursday' when after hours all at T\H come together for a drink, a chat and a mingle!”

Although sections of the T/H office space adhere to the conventional needs of an office, such as the need for privacy, overall it is a very socially oriented space. The use of trees, exterior furniture, and materials and forms that reference nature give the space an amiable atmosphere. The design engages employees and visitors in spontaneous interaction within a relaxed and welcoming environment, as if you were strolling through the park and happened upon a friendly stranger.


A driving factor in selecting this space was TBWA’s mantra of “disruption.” KDa comments, “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 “thinks different” even for themselves!”

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Thiet ke noi that · March 16, 2013

Is it appropriate for an office. I doubt it. But anyway it's a nice design :D

Anna · February 29, 2012

Gorgeous space! Well done!!!

jessi baker · February 22, 2012

@Beardduke @Izzyfied i am still in Tokyo! I am working @TBWA #Hakuhodo - our Tokyo office, so much grass: next week?

Carolina Urrego · March 28, 2011

Un ejemplo para las nuestras....TBWA/Hakuhodo Offices / KDa | ArchDaily via @archdaily

pi A · March 23, 2011

vorrei lavorare in questo posto!

Open Ceilings · September 17, 2010

Deze jongens nemen onze slogan wel heel letterlijk:

Juan P.Rabascall.C · September 09, 2010

RT @andreina_gm: Yo quiero trabajar en un espacio así: TBWA/Hakuhodo Offices / KDa | ArchDaily via @archdaily/Llevame

Andreina Garcia · September 09, 2010

Yo quiero trabajar en un espacio así: TBWA/Hakuhodo Offices / KDa | ArchDaily via @archdaily

Nomad Thinker · August 25, 2010

TBWA Hakuhodo Offices. This one really is pretty awesome. |

Dennis Smorodin · July 10, 2010

TBWA/Hakuhodo Offices / KDa | ArchDaily

Jean Snow · March 29, 2010

@markmacd KDa (the people I work for, who started PKN) designed this office: · September 03, 2009


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Stone · May 25, 2009

I like the space in which we can feel comfortable.It's a mixture of office and green house.
The net is the best one that I have seen.

Ben Weller · February 12, 2009

Gorgeous space! I could definitely work there.

William · February 11, 2009

Everything about is good except the actual workspaces!!! Absolutely uninspiring... They don't seem to have put much thought in to those...

Zana · February 11, 2009

I was wondering if they do rent out desk space. :D

rossi · February 04, 2009

Gonzales, you call THIS kitsch? Care to elaborate?
I love the lights effects from the greenery, lovely colours and spaces. But we need plans and sections indeed.

gonzales · February 04, 2009

W H A T a K I T C H ! ! !

zutudio · February 03, 2009

em i like grass'plain . Looks like a playground 's toys.

bravo · February 03, 2009

Looks like a film set.

yan · February 03, 2009

plans sections??

ominaeshi · February 03, 2009

Wow! This place is so beautiful and well organised! The colours are just perfectly matched. Well done!


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