3 QUESTIONS FOR RIKIYA YAMAMOTO, ARCHITECT OF THE SHIBAURA HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING IN TOKYO
Your Shibaura House is a very bold statement for light. What was your motivation for such a high level of transparency?
We wanted Shibaura House to be a place used as a platform to foster interaction, not only between the office workers but also with regards to its community. The people inside are connected to the world outside. While they work, they also perceive what is going on around them. It was important to use as much glass as possible and to create levels making the building light, open, and connected with its environment.
Nevertheless, architecture cannot leave light and heat to chance. Where do textiles come into this equation?
When you create open spaces you have several possibilities – depending on how people use these particular rooms. You can use textiles to change a room’s character in a personal way, much like changing your clothes. Just as you tilt a window to let in a light breeze, you can use a curtain to easily create simple visual protection, direct light and heat without interrupting the visual connection, or black out the room entirely.
How did Création Baumann’s products win you over?
For Shibaura House we chose steelmetallised curtains. Owing to the fact that Shibaura House is mainly used as an office building, we had to regulate light and heat. We tried out a few different materials. Création Baumann pointed out to us that steel metallised fabric creates a transparent look without notable cutbacks in performance. And because it was so important for the building to present itself in a light and open way on the outside, the curtains are a central feature of our architecture.
Rikiya Yamamoto/Sejima and Associates, SANAA partner www.sanaa.co.jp