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MARUWA Seto Factory

Aichi, Japan

株式会社MARUWA 瀬戸工場プロジェクト


Originally known for its production of ceramics, MARUWA has evolved into a leading global manufacturer of ceramic materials used for electronic components. Following the design of MARUWA’s R&D Center, Gensler transformed the company’s factory into a global hub and a community asset, replacing a site in Aichi known for illegal dumping.

The design, referred to as a “BRIDGE,” connects the company to the world, blending local tradition and the future. The manufacturing factory’s architecture extends horizontally and boasts a dynamic roof, creating a sleek aesthetic while maintaining functionality. Inspired by the unique details of local crafts, the landscaping complements the overall design of the factory. The atrium prioritizes employee well-being through ample natural light and encourages seamless communication. The landscape design features a regulating pond that is open to neighbors and offers a plaza for hosting events. Redefining the typical “closed box” environments of a factory, Gensler aspired to create a facility that reflects MARUWA’s most advanced and innovative technology.


そこで、「BRIDGE」というデザインコンセプトのもと、MARUWAとグローバル、計画地と地域社会、瀬戸の伝統と未来を繋ぐ、「架け橋」となる工場の実現を目指した。機能性を遵守した建築デザインは、水平方向に伸びる佇まいとダイナミックな屋根が特徴。ランドスケープデザインは地元発祥の瀬戸焼が持つ独特なディテールや素材などからもインスピレーションを得た。2つに分かれた生産エリアを繋ぐアトリウムは自然光に溢れ、従業員のウェルビーイングを高めるとともに、偶発的なコミュニケーションが生まれる空間とした。 調整池として機能するランドスケープには、広場や散策路も設けることで周辺住民にも開かれた場所となった。工場の典型的な「閉ざされた環境」を再定義し、MARUWAの先進的で革新的な技術を象徴する施設が完成した。