Roar Design studio has completed the new Middle Eastern headquarters of leading Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda, located in Dubai's pioneering business district, One Central in the WTC area.
The 23,000 sq ft space blends traditional Japanese aesthetic with modern data-driven efficiency to create a stunning contemporary office that also marks the company's 239th anniversary,
Roar's founder Pallavi Dean explains: "Takeda wanted us to design an office that rivalled their new HQ in Tokyo, Japan. We felt it was important to draw inspiration from the company's Japanese heritage while also celebrating the local context in order to give the project a sense of place and differentiate it from other Takeda's offices around the world – this is most definitely Takeda in Dubai, not Tokyo."
She adds: ‘Real design magic often happens when these two worlds – art and science – collide, and the new Takeda office is a clear example of this remarkable encounter.
"The space is designed around three themes - Japanese values, Emirati culture and data-driven design - resulting in a very intuitive yet reasoned project."
The interior concept evokes key principles of the ancestral Japanese design philosophy highlighting a minimal, restrained architectural language with shoji screen geometry and textured materials such as wood, raw concrete and paper.
The boardroom echoes the layout of a Japanese tea house while the reception area references the genkan, the traditional entrance of a Japanese home.
Rooting the HQ into its new home city, a series of artworks by designer Khalid Shafar adorn the space, made using khoos – a traditional palm leaf weaving technique.
Fit-out of the project was completed by Summertown Interiors, which specialises in ensuring projects achieve their desired green credentials.
Summertown led the LEED certification process for the design and build project which achieved a certification level of Silver.
During the construction phase, the project team established environment-friendly strategies for construction waste management, segregating the waste and sending it for recycling or re-using.
A further challenge for the fit-out contractor was to keep the project on track amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus and new government regulations.
Nicola Trivett, project director at Summertown Interiors explains: “Construction was one of the few industries that were able to keep running during the Dubai government’s strict sterilisation program that required everyone to stay home.
"We were half-way through the Takeda office fit-out when the pandemic broke out - we had to act swiftly to make the necessary changes to our health and safety procedures on-site to keep the project progressing in the safest way possible. Despite this challenge, we managed to successfully deliver this project together with the support of the Roar Design team."