Architects Design Own Office With Curved Roof to Double as an Outdoor Third Floor

Office with Liveable Curved Roof

When working in a densely populated area, architects need to get creative. And when thinking about their own offices, they're able to let their imaginations run wild. So when Studio Velocity had the opportunity to create their office in Japan's Aichi Prefecture, the designers looked upward in order to give their colleagues the space they desired. By mounting a slightly curved roof on top of a wood-constructed office, they added new inhabitable space for work and relaxation.

The Sannouno office, located in Okazaki City, is a two-floor structure that has been transformed into three working levels thanks to the clever use of the rooftop. The ground floor is an open-plan workspace, which is filled with light thanks to the wall of windows that line both sides of the building. The upper level contains a small kitchen and dining space.

It's on the innovative rooftop where the office comes to life. Perforated by trees that grow from the ground floor, the curved roof includes a small, glassed-in seating area for employees to work, lunch, or hold meetings. With its greenery and slight slope, the roof allows everyone to comfortably enjoy the outdoors and escape the crowded ambiance of the tightly packed neighborhood.

Incredibly, the stunning roofline was achieved using only gravity and tension. The architects wanted to move away from having to use bent laminate or a steel frame and so they experimented with how to create their desired look while forgoing those materials. They achieved their goal by using a structure where the maximum load was pulled in advance and fixed. This way, when people climb onto the roof, the tension in the lower vertical pillars slowly decreases. Compression is only applied when the roof reaches its maximum load of 150 people.

Studio Velocity came up with a unique solution for carving out space where there's little to be had. And in leading the way with their own office, they are showing others new creative possibilities.

Studio Velocity uses their curved roof as an extra work and leisure space.

People Working on the Roof of their Office

People Working on the Roof of their Office

The interior is an open, airy environment that provides privacy while putting employees in contact with the outdoors.

Interior of Timber Frame Office

Interior of Timber Frame Office

Interior of Timber Frame Office

Sannouno Office by Studio Velocity

The roof uses tension and gravity for its stability and is the result of an enormous amount of testing.

Sannouno Office by Studio Velocity Under Construction

Timber Construction in Progress

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All images via Studio Velocity.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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