TOKYO – Allied Works unravels the analogy of the workplace as a ‘city’ through a linear streetscape for Fast Retailing, one of the world’s leading apparel companies. The headquarters and flagship creative studio takes over the impressive four-acre space above a warehouse in Ariake District for Uniqlo City.
Aimed at becoming a creative catalyst for the brand, the continuous interior abides by the rectangular grid of a traditional distribution space, but the interlaced neighbourhoods of libraries, plazas, lounges, and digital information hubs within this framework transforms the 18,500-sq-m area into a dynamic micro-city. Located on the shores of Tokyo Bay, employees can experience a new standard for an international headquarters, the first of its kind in Japan.
Built on the top floor of an existing six-storey building, Uniqlo City displays qualities of a truly democratic office space that breaks away from the traditional hierarchal Japanese structure. Cubicles are dismantled, ceilings are made higher, and the best views are available to all – gone are the days of segregation between underlings and upper management. The corporate ladder is brought down to bridge Eastern cultural values and Western working practices instead.