INCS Zero Factory

Symbolizing the marriage of art with technology, the new INCS “Zero” Factory is an iconic facility befitting a cutting-edge institution.

The “Zero” Factory serves as a demonstration facility for the rapid prototyping technologies employed by INCS. Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the facility emerges from the earth and opens to the sky, creating a fusion of landscape and architecture.

The building uses glass, metal, stone, and concrete to create a structure that reflects its surroundings and serves as an introduction to the philosophy of the company. The composition of forms creates a balance between interior and exterior, integrating the surrounding landscape into the design.

Two L-shaped factory floors form a central courtyard, entered through an abstraction of a traditional Torii gate and evoking the serenity of a Japanese Zen garden. Within this open space, a glass-enclosed oval pavilion, containing presentation and public functions, overlooks a stepped reflecting pool.

The presentation room affords views of a high-tech showroom, while the VIP lounge looks onto the mountains. Beneath the pavilion volume lies a basement factory directly below the reflecting pool. On either side of the pool, concrete and flat-stone walls rise in a diagonal line, defining the approach to the factory’s main building in an intricate assemblage of materials that establishes the company’s commitment to craftsmanship.


Nagano, Japan




Maeda Corporation (Associate Architect)




8,000 m2 / 86,000 ft2


International Architecture Award (The Chicago Athenaeum 2007)

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Project Type:Headquarters
Project Location:Asia Pacific