Tokyo-based design studio Hiroki Tominaga Atelier was given the task of renovating a 538 square-foot office space for a video production company at a low cost. As renters, the production company needed an inexpensive renovation that would transform the ground floor of their building into a meeting room, but could also double-up as a venue they could let for events on the weekend (to ease high rental prices).
Inspired by delivery of water on wooden pallets to nearby businesses, the designers recognized that wood pallets would be a durable, sustainable, and cost-effective material for their renovation. Using wooden pallets also reduced construction costs of the project, since there was no need to hire a professional carpenter.
Appropriately dubbed "Shitomito Pallet," the renovation used a total of 130 pallets to complete the project. Ranging in price and size, the pallets were broken down to create flooring, furnishings, a tiered ceiling, interior walls, and the exterior facade of the ground floor.
Most significantly, once the lease on the property is up, the production company will be able reassemble the pallets in order to reuse them in a new location (thus reducing potential negative costs), or even aid with their move.
- Total floor area: 56.41 m2
- Design time: September 30 - mid-November 2014
- Construction period: Early February - Early March 2015
- Construction company: Ryoko over Home Co., Ltd.
- Total construction cost: Approximately $4.5 million
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