Hiroki Tominaga Atelier Uses Deconstructed Pallets To Dress A Tokyo Office In Planks Of Timber

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Over one hundred wooden transport pallets have been broken down to generate floorboards, wall coverings and furnishings for a short-term workplace area in Tokyo .

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

Local design studio Hiroki Tominaga Atelier was asked to convert a 50-square-metre room on the ground floor of a 3-storey building into a meeting area.

As the constructing is rented by the client – a video production organization – and the lease is uncertain, an economical remedy was required.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

The designers came up with the idea to use wooden pallets soon after noticing the crates getting utilised to provide water to a quantity of little publishing factories that occupy close by buildings. The renovation task is called Shitomito Pallet following this material.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

The designers used three varieties of pallet ranging in cost from £6.50 to £20 a piece. The cheapest have been utilised to develop a tiered ceiling with integrated strip lighting, while mid-priced pallets have been stacked to type tables and cover walls.


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The most costly have been broken down to generate checkered parquet flooring. In total, 130 pallets had been employed to complete the venture.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

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A rule of Japanese actual estate is we constantly have to clear up when we stop renting, so it indicates interiors constantly have unfavorable worth,” said the designers.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

“A lot of people want to make renovation far more very easily and with low charges, but we only have quite durable materials which are created for sustainable housing,” they added. “In such conditions, we needed to think about how to keep away from employing low cost and fake supplies.”

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

Higher rental charges force the manufacturing business to allow the location for various uses for the duration of weekends so a slatted hatch, also produced from pallets, was utilized to cover a strip window facing the street. The prolonged shutter can be propped open like a store awning during enterprise hrs and for semi-public events, or closed for private events.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

Stacks of pallets topped with sheets of glass kind a pair of board tables in the centre of the space, even though a white ceramic sink is set on a short counter at 1 side of the space close to the glazed door.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

The use of a prefabricated material also meant there was no need to have to employ a skilled carpenter, leading to a reduction in construction charges. The total renovation – like furnishings and fixtures – cost less than £1,500.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

The pallets are meant to be reassembled and utilized to move office as soon as the lease on the home is up.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

“Since they are only fastened with screws, at the time of restoration it is also attainable to return a employed pallet, it is achievable to reduce the damaging asset,” explained the style crew.

Shitomito Palette by Hiroki Tominaga Atelier

Photography is by Masao Nishikawa.


Task credits:

Architects: Hiroki Tominaga Atelier
Development: Ryoko over House Co., Ltd.

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