TAIJI FUJIMORI ATELIER inc.|株式会社 藤森泰司アトリエ

福生市庁舎 Fussa City Hall

Architectural designRIKEN YAMAMOTO & FIELD SHOP

Furniture designTAIJI FUJIMORI ATELIER / Taiji Fujimori, Tatsuya Hori

Furniture productionOKAMURA, Takashimaya Space Create

Sign designHiromura Design Office

Design year2008

LocationFussa, Tokyo

PhotoYuki Omori

This project is the furniture planning for the Fussa City Office in Tokyo.
The keypoint of the project was how to design the reception counter in the “Forum”, a large open space with flexibility.  The long and curved counter, which is almost 73 meter long, was designed for providing one-stop service for visitors.  For this uniquely long counter, special partition had to be designed, indicating each department of the city office services. 

As I was staring at the plan of the long table, I thought that the best solution for visitors to smoothly access where they need to would be provided by putting index tabs to the counter, in a figurative sense, attaching index tabs to documents.
The partition named “Index Panel” was born from such idea, with unfettered imagination and interpretation of “appearance” of objects in our daily life.
Eventually, this partition has been functioning with multiple tasks.  
First, it secures visitors’ privacy, and it indicates the position of each department as an “index tab” once colorfully painted.
Secondly, the partition is removable to respond to the change in services (the attach/detach system was also specially developed), and can be attached at any position of the counter. 
Additionally, lighting fixtures are installed in the upper part of the partition panel, and the acrylic surface of the fixture let subdued light to illuminate softly, working as a fine task lighting as well.

This project let me strongly realize that “simple yet strong metaphor / discovery of method” could become the milestone to figure out answers for many issues in the designing process.


Furniture, Product, Interior Design