FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories is designed under the open laboratory concept, in which barriers are removed between technology fields and organizations to encourage research into highly original, advanced technologies with a perspective on the future (2007 Good Design Award recipient).
Take this photo tour to experience the worksite atmosphere for R&D.
Panoramic view / Main approach
FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories opened as our core R&D base in April 2006.
A completely new corporate brand logo was designed in 2006 when the corporate name was changed.
The goddess Minerva is said to have released an owl into flight to prepare for battling a new world and assembled the wisdom of its civilization. This statue symbolizes the commitment of the Advanced Research Laboratories to Intellectual Fusion and Innovation.
Statue of the goddess Minerva
In Roman mythology, Minerva is the goddess of wisdom, scholarship and technology as well as the guardian of warriors.
“Wisdom, Courage, Creation and Hope”
Engraved here is a handwritten message from President Komori calling for a new Fujifilm, expressing “Search for truths based on wisdom, challenges with courage for creation of new values, and hope for unlocking the future.”
Owls again welcome visitors at the entrance after the main approach.
2F Open Laboratory / Touch Zone / Courtyard / Open-plan Space
The open atmosphere of the courtyard is a place of refreshment and relaxation for researchers from diverse fields.
The sharp edges of two intertwined shapes symbolize the company's diverse, state-of-the-art technologies and express our commitment to create new value through Intellectual Fusion and Innovation.
This highly adaptable office space allows researchers from diverse fields to freely interact, transcending organizational boundaries to set new goals and flexibly form teams.
Long counter around the courtyard
Sometimes informal conversations spark fresh inspiration for new research.
Flexible laboratory in which equipment can be readily installed to demonstrate experiments for external partners or launch new joint research with external engineers
Tables and chairs are laid out in a circular space in such a fashion that facilitates communication. The room is also equipped with a large screen for events.
Many meeting spaces are set up along the cloister facing the courtyard to encourage a free exchange of ideas with other researchers at any time.
The essential aspects of a technology can be concretely presented in this display space where functions can be explained through visual and tactile demonstration. The photographs above depict tricolor fluids based on pigment technology and “Morpho butterflies” created using aluminum anodic oxidization technology.
3F Knowledge Café / Rooftop garden
This is a space where researchers can make discoveries and gain insight through interaction and dialogue with those from different fields.
Many ideas from the company's design center went into the selection and layout of furniture to support the integration of knowledge.
An extensive selection of books and specialized magazines have been gathered here from Japan and overseas. Employee requests are also accepted.
The space is designed to serve as the hub of the laboratories, where everyone can drop in daily. The relaxing atmosphere invites stimulating conversation.
This rooftop garden affords a panoramic view of Ashigara, including the Takematsu site of Fuji Xerox and the Fujifilm Miyanodai Technology Development Center.
4F / 5F / 6F Experiment areas by function
Experiment areas by function
Individual experiment areas arranged by technical field facilitate interaction between engineers beyond organizational boundaries.
Experiment areas by function
Laboratories are optimally laid out on each floor on the basis of technology rather than organizational unit to allow for flexible response to any future research theme that may emerge.
Information sharing space
Many tables and chairs are placed along the 5th-floor cloister that overlooks the courtyard.