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Daikin Technology and Innovation Center, Osaka, Japan
2018/02/07

By Susumu Horikawa, P.Eng., Member ASHRAE; Hiromasa Tanaka, P.Eng., Member ASHRAE; Koji Sugihara, Member ASHRAE
6 February, 2018
Years ago, Japan’s Honda Motor Company coined the word “waigaya,” which is conversation by a large number of people in an open and collaborative work space. The “waigaya stage” in Daikin’s new Technology and Innovation Center enables its 700 researchers and engineers there to more easily collaborate on the company’s innovations.

The primary goal for the Technology and Innovation Center  (TIC) in Osaka, Japan, was to design the world’s best multipurpose work area including offices, meeting rooms, and open collaboration space, adjacent to a state-of-the-art, large-scale laboratory to encourage “open innovation”-- gaining knowledge from both inside and outside the company. The TIC brings together employees who had been spread across three locations and serves as the chief location for Daikin’s collaboration and technology development.

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