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Takeda moves to new Dubai HQ

New Middle East hub for Japanese pharma company


Japanese pharmaceuticals company Takeda has moved to a new 2,075-sq-m office in the Central Business District of Dubai World Trade Center Authority (DWTCA).

The new Middle East HQ was designed by Dubai-based interior design firm Roar, with Summertown Interiors as the fit-out contractor, project management services were from CBRE, and also it has been awarded LEED silver certification from the USGBC.

Highlights of the workspace include the boardroom inspired by a Japanese tea house, and reception modeled on the ‘genkan’ entrance hallway concept of a traditional Japanese home.

The space has been designed around three themes: Japanese values, Emirati culture and data-driven design. At one end of the spectrum it is very artistic and intuitive, drawing on concepts and materials such as pared back minimalism with wood, raw concrete and paper - coupled with Emirati craftsmanship such as khous handweaving. At the other extreme, the space planning used sophisticated mathematical models to find the right mix of private, shared and public spaces.

During the construction phase, the project team established eco-friendly strategies for construction waste management, segregating the waste and sending it for recycling / reusing / composting to reduce the carbon footprint of the project.