JST Sea Urchin is a research and production complex where our client, J.S.T.MFG CO.LTD, will conceive and produce small electronic connectors for machines or computers. However, this complex aims above all to be a place propitious for creation, a suitable facility for both arduous research and productive brainstorming in groups.
The name of the project, JST Sea Urchin, comes from our way to consider the building more as a creature than a factory itself. Indeed, like a living organism the JST Sea Urchin is crossed by several flows and will adapt its metabolisms according to its environment.Thinking about the flow’s routes led us to the dome shape of a sea urchin’s shell (or test in biological term).
Then we organized this dome’s inner activities into different circular architectural entities: the outer ring, for the production process, the inner ring, for the research and development of innovative new products, the green belt and the inner courtyard, voids with greenery between and inside the 2 main rings working as the pair of lungs of the JST Sea Urchin, and at last, the Research and Development Core Room, right in the center of the complex, under the courtyard. In this area, JST will make the machines where actually make their products.
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