June 1 2021
The Osaka Office was launched in April 2020 as a CMOS image sensor design and development base for Sony Semiconductor Solutions. It attracts engineers from the Kansai region and is boosting the company’s abilities to design and develop CMOS image sensors for potential markets such as mobile devices and IoT industries.
The Osaka Office pursues a concept, to create an “engineer-first office,” which is new on two accounts, to create a workplace environment that empowers workers. One is that engineers designed the office. The office is an embodiment of their ideas about what arrangements make it easy for them to work. The second point is that it is based on a new working style, known as Activity-based Working (ABW). The idea is that people have choices of places to work in the office, depending on the types of their jobs at hand. It is expected to create a powerful synergy by allowing engineers from different expert areas work together, as well as to stimulate imagination and promote communication in its organic and friendly environment.
Passed the neat reception area, a symbol tree greets you in the display area, and behind this space are various facilities, including a seminar space, a cafe, sofa booths, and diverse rooms. Work benches are equipped with height/angle-adjustable desks, and in the locker room, name plates with facial photos hang on the wall, indicating whether the person is in office--another idea from the engineers. The “engineer-first” concept is also reflected in the area with a variety of chairs, which is useful for having unofficial briefings and meetings, and the booths separated with tall partitions, ideal for jobs that require concentration.
We interviewed the engineers who were involved in the office design, as well as employees working in the office. Based on their stories, we explore the office’s ingenious design and new future possibilities to be realized in this office.