When Japan-based company Kowa Pharma Development Company was looking to build their Boston office they were immediately taken in by the views of Back Bay from 500 Boylston. The view, which overlooks Back Bay and the Charles to the North and the historic brownstones of the South End to the South, became central to the design; the perimeter is lined with glass-front offices and meeting spaces. These views are accessible by all through the window expanse in the café and lounge. Beyond the exterior visuals the interior design is one worth a second glance. Extra care was taken with the details. Dark gray stone with light gray veins was used for the counter and back splash; the veining of the marble design was matched at the corners to make for a flawless visual. This same stone is used for the bar, adding depth to the space, juxtaposing the bright white and red chairs, which call to mind KOWA’s brand colors. With the Japanese-inspired wall covering at one end, the café ties back to the company’s origins. Additionally, the design for KOWA’s space was directly influenced by the practice of Feng Shui. Offices and desks were arranged purposefully to ensure it upheld Feng Shui principles. Design comes together with the culture of Kowa to bring a space that is crisp, bright, and effective.
Photo credits: John Skibee @ Skibee Photography Location: Boston, MA