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windowless offices

Windowless offices are starting to appear on the Osaka skyline in ever increasing numbers.

Research has shown that productivity inside these offices is up to 20% higher compared to office buildings with windows. This is thought to be due to the elimination of outside distractions, which can cause a worker to look up from their desk instead of focusing on the job in hand.

One company president said the cost of converting his office building to a windowless one has already paid for itself. "My workers were spending far too much time looking out of the window at things like people. Or cute dogs. Now that I've had the windows bricked up, my workers are much happier," he said with a big smile.

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On Wednesday, 26 April, 2006, Anonymous Sumiyoshi Pilgrim said:

Damn, that's just cold-hearted. S'pose the company president is exempt from the same style of office.  

On Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Blogger Invader Stu said:

Has depression and suicides gone up by 20%?  

On Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Anonymous Tish said:

well, i guess without windows, it will be harder to jump out of the tall buildings in the first place.  

On Thursday, 27 April, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

"My workers are much happier" or does he mean he is happier due to increased profits? Hmmm  

On Friday, 28 April, 2006, Blogger Nikki said:

Nah Tish - there's always the roof which has the added benefit of being the highest point of the building.

At least there's no competition involving who gets the office with the window view.  

On Friday, 28 April, 2006, Blogger Fleur said:

That's terrible! I'd go out of my mind.  

On Friday, 28 April, 2006, Blogger Clayton said:

I think you have people tricked into thinking this isnt a joke  

On Sunday, 30 April, 2006, Anonymous Harvey said:

englsihman has us fooled! This is a scam! Japan is quite nice really... ;-)  

On Monday, 01 May, 2006, Blogger Cavmi said:

Hello from Italy! Your blog is fantastic! Please, if you have just a free minute, visit me back and leave a comment with your link, so other Italian people will be able to visit you! Thank you!;-D


On Wednesday, 03 May, 2006, Blogger LeWillow said:

my office has no window, and i tend to get more distracted by the "is it nice out? or raining" thoughts in my head so i have to crane my head and look out across the hallway, i cant imagine not having that option!  

On Wednesday, 03 May, 2006, Blogger ERG said:

Are you sure that's not a car garage?  

On Friday, 05 May, 2006, Blogger Ordinary Janet said:

looks like a prison to me. I bet the workers come out blinking at the daylight and disoriented.  

On Monday, 15 May, 2006, Blogger Steph said:

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On Monday, 15 May, 2006, Blogger Steph said:

Does it take a frenchman to point out that the buildings in the pictures are actually either air conditioning thingies, or vertical parking lots? I've come accross a fire station on the same 'windowless' model too. Strange.

On my part, I wish my japanese co-workers were not claustrophobic to the point they leave the windows wide open to the awful construction noises from the bldg just next door.  

On Friday, 19 May, 2006, Anonymous yukihiro said:

This should be a parking tower. very usual in metropolitan area in Japan.  

On Monday, 07 August, 2006, Blogger Ranter said:

Hahah! That's hilarious! I'd take a photo of that if I saw it too!  

On Friday, 11 August, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hehe.. funny, but it is a parking garage. Usually they have a big "P" on them.  

On Saturday, 20 September, 2008, Blogger Brian S said:

The downside to this is there is no real escape if there were a disaster like towering inferno - you will most likely become tinder and fire fodder.

I guess it saves the city money as they have no need for rescue ladders.  

On Wednesday, 11 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Windowless: Like a Casino

Depressing: In an already suicide-prone country

Dangerous: When next earthquake hits, they'll all be nice and dead...

But hey, as long as productivity shot up 20%!  

On Wednesday, 01 April, 2009, Anonymous L said:

The inside of Roppongi Building in Tokyo is like this.
From the outside, with its vast expanses of glass cladding, it seems that there is a bright, sunlit interior. And there is, for all those elite employees of companies paying premium rates to hog the outside offices with the city views and access to the super speedy premium lifts.
On the inside of the building toil the underclasses - hard workers in service jobs, cleaning, cooking, pressing elevator buttons, providing security - all cooped up in the sealed, artificially ventilated, sunless core, unable to go outside for their lunch breaks because the service lift they have to use to descend 40 floors takes over twenty minutes each way, leaving them with less than 15 minutes of their allotted hour as free time.
These photos of windowless parking towers have captured the secret naked reality of the monolithic glazed Tokyo Icon that is Roppongi Hills.  

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