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HDI Tokyo Office by Martin van der Linden, Japan

HDI - a search for an authentic experience at work.

What does an authentic workplace look like? Designing an authentic office is not an easy task. Just like the terms “artist”, “poet” or “great lover”, these are titles that are given or need to be earned rather than being self-assigned.

Designed by Martin van der Linden

Photography by Yo Masunaga

Our attempt in creating an authentic workplace started off with our WorkVitamins methodology. This methodology was created by me, Martin van der Linden, principal of van der Architects, when I was an assistant researcher at Waseda Univeristy in 2001 here in Tokyo. I believes that architecture can be a catalyst for change in innovative environments, and this methodology - called “WorkVitamins” - is based on this idea.