Tetsuo Kobori Architects has shared with ILikeArchitecture their HABA Headquarters Building project, which strives to translate the client’s business philosophy to the new headquarters design and architecture. Tetsuo Kobori Architects on HABA HQ:
The pure and all-natural image that comes to mind from HABA Cosmetic’s additive-free principle are taken as is and expressed in the building’s simple form, skeleton ceiling and external thermal insulation that eliminates the reliance on air conditioning.
This is the first office building in Japan to utilize an external thermal insulation construction method that stores thermal energy in the frame. All of the windows can be opened, and the a ceiling height of 3.6m creates a free space where you can feel the natural wind, light and sounds.
The windows are not glass curtain walls and can all be opened. We aimed to create a comfortable, home-like office that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Finished with a highly water resistant plaster that brings to mind the idea of “face-powder”, appropriate for a cosmetics company. The simple white cubes and horizontally aligned windows express the beauty in the additive-free principle.