YKK R&D Center

In response to the program and scale of the adjacent residential neighborhood, the YKK R&D Center is broken down into several blocks. A central courtyard patio 8-meter above the ground serves as a gathering space and allows light into other sections of the building. The division of the volume creates a distinct atmosphere in the building itself (located in a context where open space is sparse). Moreover, the atrium and courtyard spaces imply new possibilities for urbanism within architecture itself.

Location: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Completion Date: 1993
Building Type: Office, Learning Center
Structural System: Reinforced Concrete, Steel Reinforced Concrete, Steel
Number of Floors: 2 Basement Levels + 8 Stories + 1 Penthouse
Site Area: 6,336m²
Building Area: 3,779m²
Total Floor Area: 23,006m²
Structural Engineer: Kimura Structural Engineers
Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Sogo Consultants
■ Publication
GA JAPAN:1994 No.7
Kenchiku Bunka:1993.8, 1990.6
Nikkei Architecture:1993.7.19