Set design studio in Japan by Mattch
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This office and workshop for a theatre designer in Osaka was designed by Japanese studio Mattch to look like a glazed box hovering between two solid curtains (+ slideshow).

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

Nagoya-based Mattch wanted to reference the profession of the client with the design of S-Office, so developed a building with an L-shaped outer structure that frames the activities of its occupants like actors on a stage.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

"A curtain of the stage opens and becomes the background," explained studio co-founder Takenaka Ryuji.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

Each floor of the three-storey building has a different function, so was given a different-sized floor plate. The middle storey is the largest, so it projects ahead of the ground floor to shelter the entrance and create the impression of a floating structure.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

Inside, a turquoise-painted steel staircase spans the height of the building and is lit from above by a large skylight.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

This contrasts with a series of exposed steel ceiling beams that have been picked out in red, as well as other structural details highlighted in shades of blue and yellow.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

The ground floor accommodates a double-height workshop for producing props, while an office for quiet work is located on the split-level first floor and the upper level contains a top-lit meeting room.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

The office uses a half-landing as part of its floor space. It also features wall-mounted shelving units that follow the diagonal line of the exposed steel bracing.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

These shelving units reappear on the second floor, this time in a horizontal arrangement. Here, they line a semi-circular alcove which holds the meeting area.

Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch

This space is illuminated by a cluster of colourful pendant lamps and looks out onto a glazed conservatory with a pitched roof.

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First floor plan of Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch
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Second floor plan of Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch
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Roof plan of Set design studio and office in Japan by Mattch
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