New Headquarters of the cosmetic Arsoa Co. (offices, research & development dept.).

Project data

  • Status
  • Year
    1996 – 1998
  • Tipology
  • Location
    Kobuchizawa, Yamanashi, Japan > map
  • Client
    Arsoa Osho Co. Ltd
  • Budget
    30 million € (adjusted to 2013)
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume
    9.000 sq m


The building is the headquarters of an important natural cosmetics company; the construction is surrounded by nature.
A circular building with a courtyard of water at its centre is the heart of the composition; other triangular structures, freely laid out, are connected to this central point.

Cement and wood are the materials found throughout the project. In this work some of the most insistent theme’s of Bellini’s architecture find concrete realisation: the meditative space of the circular courtyard of water, the balcony which from the courtyard is connected to the landscape, the horizontal placement of the buildings, the richness of the spatial sequences and the assembly of metaphysical autonomous structures.

(Ermanno Ranzani)


Design Team
Mario Bellini, Masahiro Matsuno

Egle De Luca, Edoardo Germani , Marco Piccione

Mario Bellini

Takenaka Co. executive project, Takenaka Co. director of works