© Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

Japan 2017AD-O Shibuya Dogenzaka


We designed an office building along the zelkova trees on Dogenzaka hill in Shibuya that has a skin that looks like bark so that it blends in with the trees.

This “bark” was created by carefully printing wood grain onto thin aluminum panels, bending the “bark” panels and fitting them together to produce a unique façade for the building that has shadows and rhythm while retaining uniformity.

In addition, the various sizes of holes in the “bark” allow sunlight to filter into each floor. This was the result of our taking on the challenge of bringing nature into office space and creating human space.

Team Masaru Shuku, Masato Shiokawa*, Hiroyo Yamamoto, Yoo Shiho, Minako Izumi* Award Good Design Award 2018 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office