This Rolex Building was made for the maintenance and after service of Rolex
products and for the technical training of its employees. The grave and
graceful design of its exterior and interior thoroughly manifests the owner's
image of superior quality.
It is our understanding that the concepts of this design are: 1) cohabitation
with the environment, 2) emphasis on people's comfort and aspiration, and
3) harmony with history and tradition. We highly appreciate that these concepts
are admirably and beautifully reflected and expressed in the design.
The site is located close to the Fukagawa Fudoson Temple, facing the Fukagawa
Park. With these site conditions in mind, the lower part of the exterior
design expresses dignity by the usage of dark color stones, while the upper
part gives bright and light impression by the interlocked curtain walls
which provide wide view and emphasize its own existence, strongly but naturally.
As for the interior design, on the north facade there exist atriums, or
internal courtyards, on each two floors which guarantee ample natural lighting
and gorgeous view on the park. The plan of each floor is quite simple and
lucid. The atrium is centered within the work space, and therefore it provides
additional comfort and aspiration to the people. Many other details show
the designer's refined sensitivity and techniques, including the method
of capturing nature. The high quality of the design in general is quite
Since precision apparatuses are handled in the work space, they have to
be dealt with in a clean environment. And, several imported interior finish
materials are used. It shows the designer's confidence in the function and
performance of such materials. This issue is interesting as it is currently
a very hot topic.
The process of the designer's contemplation, quite Japanese with full understanding
of the Japanese cultural and physical environments, moved us very much.
We would naturally assume that his previous 6-year graduate studies in Japan
(1974-1980) has beautifully fruited in this project.
Architectural critique by: Mr. Toshio Tanabe, Award Jurist
Architectural Design Excellence Award
: Rolex Technical and Training Center Building, Tokyo
: Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms
(Tokyo-to Kenchiku-shi Jimusho Kyokai)
an architectural critique by an award jurist, please click the image above.)
more project photos, please click the photo above.)