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Connect Sydney / Facet Studio

  • Architects: Facet Studio
  • Location: Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Mariona Espinet, Woraphin Lowpakulkiat
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Andrew Chung

© Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung

From the architect. An office which controls the light with different height of walls.

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

This office space is located within a warehouse of a East/ West directional rectangle. Although there is no window at all on South/ West facades, series of large windows dominate the North/ East facades, and fill the space with sun throughout the day even when it is at the centre of the city.  We can generalise the works within an office into 5 activities:

  • To absorb new ideas

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

  • To research for methods in order to realise the ideas

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

  • To document the knowledge into writings or drawings

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

  • To archive the complete work

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

  • Of course, it is part of the job for staff members to relax

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

Therefore the question for us is, would it provide more comfort for people working here if we relate their working patterns with the benefits of this natural phenomenon? The quantity and quality of natural light required for the 5 activities differ - productivity of 1. and 5. is generally higher when the staff member is in a more relaxed state, whereas productivity for 2. and 4. is comparatively independent of the changes in natural phenomenon; 3. is somewhere in-between, it is also a connection point between the 2 groups of activities.  By going through the activities in turn, ideas start to take forms and become real. 

© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung

There we located “2+4”, “3” and “1+5” in order from South to North.  Furthermore we have controlled the quantity and quality of natural light by changing the height and extent of the walls surrounding those activities.

Plan
Plan

By matching different working activities with different quantity and quality of natural light, people alternate between states of “relaxed” and “concentrate”, hence activate their brain.  We believe in the importance of adequate natural light for different psychological state to enhance work performance, especially for people in the creative field.   

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