Digital Garage

Digital Garage

Architect
Snøhetta
Location
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Offices
Nacasa & Partners

Snøhetta Unites Digital Nomads in Tokyo’s New Digital Garage

Snøhetta as Architects

Situated in an entirely new building complex in Shibuya, Tokyo, Digital Garage’s tranquil co-working space creates a sanctuary contrasting the busy neighborhood ten floors down. The new co-working space is created as an inspiration for future co-working spaces in other Digital Garage office locations around the world.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners

Once circumscribed as one continuous landmass, the supercontinent Pangaea acted as the conceptual starting point and also became the name of for the new Digital Garage co-working space. As a boutique office space for digital nomads, the space commemorates a time and place where geographical, political, and national constructs were not an obstacle.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners

While the eponymous output of the company is digital, the drivers and contributors inhabit physical space and interact with tangible forms. The co-working space aims to unite digital work with an evocative and interactive physical shape. A “super furniture” inspired by a brush stroke makes up the heart of the office space. Constructed as a metaphor for both tactility and fluidity, it encompasses all core functions of a co-working space, a reception, an amphitheater, phone booths, meeting spaces and individual workspaces. The furniture also prompts its users towards a greater vision through daily interactions with the co-working space and one another.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners

Carved from Japanese cedar wood, the furniture leaves an enchanting spicy-resinous natural scent in the venue. The cabinets are in linoleum and walls are dressed in woolen textile fronts with acoustic backing, assembled as a pixelated portrayal of Mount Fuji. On a clear day, you can see the iconic Mountain on the horizon from inside the building.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners

A sky dome of light gives warmth to the dark walls and floors, with 534 individual light bulbs assembled to create curved lines across the ceiling. The light bulbs are positioned at certain set heights, with the ceiling being perceived as higher where people tend to congregate and lower where the more focused workspaces are located. In addition to the bulbs concealed lightning is set up throughout the venue.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners

Shibuya’s Digital Garage creates a tactile and social space for digital nomads, bringing people across borders and cultures together in a workspace that unites the digital and physical world.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners

Inspired by the uniting super furniture and the idea of connecting all as one, Snøhetta also designed a set of logos for Pangaea. The main logo is used on the facade, in signage and wayfinding inside the building, letterhead on the homepage and more. The logo is a contributor to the wide visual universe.

photo_credit Nacasa & Partners
Nacasa & Partners
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