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Roche Diagnostics

Tokyo, Japan



Looking to shift the work style and expand the visitor area, Roche Diagnostics relocated their office, showroom, and laboratory from Shibakoen to Shinagawa, the first relocation project for this client.

This project features a 100% ABW (activity-based working) workspace program, allowing a greater degree of specialization and flexibility, encouraging workers to select the space they occupy during the day based on the nature of their work. Designed to inspire a sense of openness, this facility enhances communication and collaboration through several design features, like adjustable work desks, focus booths, quiet concentration space, box seats, and social space that encourages casual conversation and exchange, including the cafeteria. A change management program reinforced paperless workflows as a crucial element of an open office environment.

As part of the design, the Gensler design team created a Roche brand journey experience intended to enrich the understanding of the facility and the Roche brand. By providing a showcase walk starting from the lobby and continuing to seminar rooms with visual access the laboratory facility, visitors are treated to an immersive level of visual access via transparent siding of the showcase journey. Giving this unprecedented view into a uniquely large laboratory facility in central Tokyo, Roche is able to comprehensively communicate the brand’s mindset and service offering to clients, visitors, and employees.