Office Y / Yamamori Architect & Associates

© Akiyoshi Fukuzawa

Architects: Yamamori Architect & Associates  / Takashi Yamamori
Location: Iga-city Mie prefecture,
Principal use: Office & Warehouse

Site area: 1622.18 sqm

Building area: 193.17 sqm
Total floor area: 173.66 sqm

Completion: October, 2007
Photograph: Akiyoshi Fukuzawa

© Akiyoshi Fukuzawa

This building is designed as an office and warehouse headquarters of an electrical contractor. The site is surrounded by mountains and is in an old Ninja village called Iga Ueno. I intended to design a building which is an object-like piece of architecture just suddenly appears.

East Elevation

The building has an open space and a closed space for each of its main functions of office and warehouse. An object folded like a piece of Origami stands alone sharing the skyline with surrounding mountains and the gabled roofs of the old castle town.

South Elevation

Assembled as a skeleton-like steel frame and covered by one folded plate. ( roof & wall ) Sunlight and natural ventilation at the office is maintained by low windows and top lights which brings in sunlight to the enclosed warehouse.

Section 01

Since the site has additional available space, the structure, span, material and plan are designed to be extendable. An additional theme is to use materials which can be found anywhere in the world to build the same building.

Section 02

People, things and nature communicate with each other and the flow of light, wind space and ideas can circulate. I am hoping that the existence of this company will spread this kind of flow, standing there by itself like an antenna.

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Cite: "Office Y / Yamamori Architect & Associates" 02 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • wpgmb

    Office, why? Better-off as a yoga or dance studio.

  • Ermias

    Nice to see the conceptual relationship, but i couldn’t see the office and warehouse spaces?