Mole by Ninkipen!

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Mole by Ninkipen!

Japanese office Ninkipen have completed this office in Osaka with a facade of aluminum louvres that appear to bubble.

Mole by Ninkipen!

The office was designed for a cosmetic company and inspired by the bubbles found in gelled ointment.

Mole by Ninkipen!

The louvres are made from 2.5 milimetre profiled aluminium.

Mole by Ninkipen!

The offices have an exposed concrete interior with a central staircase.

Mole by Ninkipen!

All photographs are by Hiroki Kawata.

Mole by Ninkipen!

Here's some more from the architects:


Mole by Ninkipen!

This is a small office for a cosmetic company Osaka,Japan.

Mole by Ninkipen!

I thought that I was going to express the image of geled cosmetics that is staple merchandise of the company on the facade.

Mole by Ninkipen!

Treating the motif of bobble contained in gel directly, I abstracted it and I tried to merge it in scenery in change it according to the angle.

Mole by Ninkipen!

The louver is made of the 2.5mm aluminum.

Mole by Ninkipen!

First of all, the plate with the different curvature is bent like the L angle, next, the angle is arranged in order of the curvature, then, emboss comes to the surface from among the louver.

Mole by Ninkipen!

I assumed that emboss was a bobble, and I laid it out rhythmically imaging going up in water.

Mole by Ninkipen!

The facade shines like the lantern at night by the light that leaks between louvers, and this architecture begins to become a landmark in the residential area.

Mole by Ninkipen!

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Project name: mole
Architect: YASUO IMAZU/ninkipen! Architect office
Use: office
Location: Osaka, Japan
Scale: 197.19㎡


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  • edward

    Love the way the Japanese don't flinch from exposed concrete. Clever facade treatment but the lantern effect could be too much in a residential neighborhood if it's on all night. Would for me anyway. .

  • http://archialternative.com/ Albert

    Nice gimmick. Sexy facade. Very relevant given the nature and the scale of the building… Japanese are great. Their minimalism with brutally exposed concrete is always relevant. Brits, with their pretentious attitude and scale could learn from them.

    • http://archialternative.com/ Albert

      Don't kill me, Brits. I just meant a Carbuncle Cup for the Strata, London. You can read about it on ArchiAlternative.com if you want or on BD Online UK…

      • Sam

        I'm a Brit and tend to agree

  • michelalano

    Nice simple elegant clean design. I would like to see it furnished with workers, perhaps to see how the spaces work together. I love the stairs formally, but they look like a death trap. Is it an optical illusion or are the risers taller than the treads are wide?

  • James

    This building should schedule a dermatologist appointment.

  • Ariel Diaz Yambao

    @james, very clever observation!
    Japanese Architecture always makes small big, and big small.
    Just one face of the building and says it all.

  • RLKC

    bubbles because???

    • edward

      The office was designed for a cosmetic company and inspired by the bubbles found in gelled ointment.

  • http://borgman.cincinnati.com/cartoons/2006/03/2880tn590.jpg Chuck Anziulewicz

    When I saw that first photo, I thought to myself, "What a cool office building!" The perspective makes it look like an office tower at least 20 stories high. So I was a bit taken back when it turned out to be rather small. Oh well, it's still interesting.

  • calle

    The lamp is fantastic!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshuamings Josh Mings

    I like the idea of the facade, but I feel that it could have been taken further by creating programmatic bubbles within the building as well.

  • http://www.justinjakobson.com j.jakobson

    I'm a little uncomfortable with the fact that the slats on the left 3/5 and the right 2/5 don't match up. Am I crazy? Is that a (too) subtle setback or just shifted slats?