w/ 003 AT

type: space / objects
function: factory
location: mukoujima, tokyo
floor: 333m2
collaborator: tokyo k plus(construction)g furniture(furniture)
onderdelinde(fabric)masafumi tsuji(photo)
date: 2023.12(1st)2024.2(2nd)coming soon(3rd?)


In order to present a new product to the world, it is necessary to go through the process of standardization, but there is nothing more dangerous than a standardized world. While questioning the new standardized and idealized world through products, it is necessary to prepare for a realistic and diverse world on the other side of the standardized and idealized world.
This project is based on this inseparable perception of the world and attempts to design and research in a way that affirms the inversion of the two sides of the same coin. w/ is first positioned as an experimental and ongoing attempt to reconsider the conventional design act. If so, we can assume for a moment that the project is an exploration of post-process planning.

As one of the projects we made a piece of furniture. In addition to the front side of creating a place to relax, this furniture has a back side as a sample of the materials to be used in the coming project. Because of this back, the furniture does not have a complete image. As a first step, tables, sofas, stools and loudspeakers have been produced.


Another project is the interior design of a warehouse.
The design began with the assumption that the user would occupy the space before “completion.”

The warehouse is a steel-framed structure with a square plan and exposed steel frame, which is a bit attractive, but there is nothing special about it. It was a neutral building with the unique qualities of a banal structure.
Taking into account the existing conditions, there was a sense that the space would be used to its fullest in the future. At such a time, we decided to insert the minimum necessary objects to make a modest proposal to make the space more usable, while leaving it in a rough state and not overworking it.

The second floor is finished with a ceiling to improve thermal insulation and a cross hanging wall using the same material as the ceiling. This object serves as a guide for the square plan and the components of the conference room partition.

The existing walls also had a rough finish, so the partition wall exists detached from the walls. Doors and desks are scattered as byproducts.

The existing baseboard is set at an odd height, so the flooring material is also raised to that height, creating a sense of being surrounded.

Double curtains were also installed on the first floor to improve thermal insulation. The combination of cheap and rich materials creates a unique materiality.

The drain pan is FRP with a rough finish.

Do not over control. Allow noise to be noise.
Arrange objects so that each can stand on its own as an independent element. Objects become invisible in the midst of numerous equipments and user care.


March 2, 2024, Saturday, clear sky

I visited Higashi-Mukojima to see the research office designed by my friends(w//) for their interior design. Since there are still many small factories around the building, and this building is an updated version of one such structure, I visited the site expecting to see how they considered the continuity with the surrounding environment, including the presence or absence of such continuity.

When the shutters were raised, only two curtains separated the inside from the outside: an industrial curtain and a curtain tailored in green velvet. On the first floor, separated only by these unsealed curtains, were the machines used for research and a large drain pan. The second floor is accessed by a staircase that is somewhat inaccessible depending on how open the curtains are. Everything on the first and second floors was different except for the columns, perhaps because the first floor was the garden and the second floor was the interior of the building. This may have been the reason why the exit of the staircase on the first floor was just outside the curtains.
(It is also interesting to note that the small elevator shaft for unloading directly connected the second floor space to the outside. Is this a service entrance?)

An important question in this design, especially in the space on the second floor, is how the base axis of the plane and the segmentation of the elevation make the horizontal expansion of the space recognizable. Here, the axis of the plane is the suspended wall of the ceiling, and the vertical segmentation is the joints that have been relentlessly and orderly placed in the walls and fixtures. By “unblocking” the infinite horizontal expansion provided by the cross of the ceiling with “transparent” walls, a flickering universal space is developed around the intersection of the cross. The columns, partitions and fluorescent lights are placed on top of this three-dimensional image to give the space a hierarchy that gives it scale and outline.

When I went down to the first floor after seeing the second floor, I realized the position and size of the curtains, the stairs, and the drain pan. Not that they had to be there, but that they happened to be in the right place and the right size. The staircase exit happened to be in the same position as the curtains, the drain pan happened to be the size of a hippopotamus’ bathing area, the green velvet curtains happened to have a stain on the side as if a cut ear had fallen off, and the two outlets happened to face each other. The first floor must be a garden. The garden is a place where fragments of stories are topologically left behind.

In other words, I saw a hippopotamus in a warehouse in a factory district.

Text: h***** k*******