Asia's most effective workspaces: CBRE (Tokyo)

Real estate company CBRE's Tokyo office was designed with collaboration and flexi-work in mind.

CBRE (Tokyo, Japan)

Employees -  Over 600

Designed by- Gensler

CBRE’s headquarters in the heart of Tokyo’s historic Chiyoda ward provides a testament to both its commercial property experience and its internal HR philosophy. With a culture set around activity-based working, the two floors of the Meiji Seimei Yasuda building are fitted out according to working themes. This means staff can choose a work zone based on the type of work they plan to do on that particular day.


  • 300 work positions set across 15 different types of work style options
  • Activity-based working built into the entire workspace design
  • Open collaboration areas, as well as a dedicated café space deliberately in the centre of the office

So what?

  • Employees can choose a work zone based on the type of work they will be doing that day
  • Allows more unplanned conversations and encounters that spark creativity
  • Enables flexible working
  • Promotes a paperless culture while still enabling efficiency and information security

They say:

“An activity-based workplace is a workplace that places emphasis on not only cost efficiency and organisational flexibility, but also the degree of freedom for individual work. Employees are now taking more ownership on their way of working.

The amount of collaboration has increased, and sales resulting from collaboration with other departments increased by an average of 70%, compared to before the introduction of the activity-based workplace concept.

In addition, this structure has now become one of our strongest resources for talent attraction.”

-Akiko Marusawa, HR Director, HR Management, CBRE

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