Architect in ChargeZhou Yonggang
Structural ConsultantChen Wei
Text description provided by the architects. The project is located in the financial center. The designer intends to create a natural, warm, relaxed and uncindtrained office space among the concrete and glass-curtainwall building. The original space floor height is 5.4 meters, so the designer decides to implant a wooden cabin to divide the original space into two floors: the upperfloor would be mini office area and the art sharing area, the lower floor would be open office area. the designer work on the function complexity,the layout fluxility and the ductility of the space.
The layout try to present more complexities of the space. The first floor is mostly office area and a small kitchen. The large meeting room is close to the small kitchen, so the meeting area can be quickly turned into a small dinning area, increasing the activity of the studio. The reading area is near the discussion area, providing convenient information access,also an area to relax and communicate. Stairs combining the reception area can enrich the entrance space and express the link between space and circulation.
The spatial relation is the focus of the design,the 2nd floor has 2 patios on it, to improve the space perception of 1st floor. The large patio is covered with wooden roof. By the multiple linear beams, supplemented with lighting, the main space get a certain sense of ceremony. The corresponding position under the roof can be use as an exhibition space. there’s aback-step processing to expand the space of the 2nd floor, form a "stepped-roof" to sit and to place objects,give the space the functions of salon, games, and movie watching. Above the reading area is the small "patio",connecting to the large "patio" by a skywalk which providing special angles to watch the roof truss and the office area. Also the people on the skywalk become a scenery for the people below, enhancing interactivity of those spaces.
A precast concrete staircase connects the two floors formed by Z-shaped units fastening with each other. It is a good structure solution and contribute tube spaces can place decorations.
The natual colors of materials applys including wood, concrete and white painting. To break the oppression Finger-jointed wood board is appled. concrete is used on the ground and stairs, so 2 floors can have a relation in common material.The white painting is used to make the room brighter. Such processing in coordinating with wooden furniture, make wood-colored "stepped roof" more natural.