“在那里向我袭来的，是来自于所有方向、掴打着我的身躯的暴力的光。”当建筑师安藤忠雄Tadao Ando怀着虔诚的心态走进偶像勒·柯布西耶Le Corbusier所设计的朗香教堂La Chapelle de Ronchamp时，呈现着红、青、黄色的光斑从窗户投射进来，像无数凌乱的拳头从四面八方袭来，感到震慑的安藤受到了莫大的鼓舞，从此坚定了他的建筑设计之路。这便是空间所构筑出的情绪对于人行为的影响，环境心理学渗透于生活的方方面面，高志强带领AFFD设计事务所，从探讨空间设计影响使用者的情绪和行为模式作为发力点，让空间情绪影响使用者的行为和体验。
▼前台接待区，reception area © Boris Shiu
“There came upon me was the bursting light with violence from all directions, smacking my body.” When architect Tadao Ando approached the La Chapelle de Ronchamp with devoutly humble, designed by his idol Le Corbusier, he was awestruck and inspired by the bright red, green and yellow light spots piercing through the windows, like countless messy fists from all directions towards him, which firmly strengthen Tadao Ando’s way of architectural design from then on. We believe this is the influence of emotions created by space on human behavior, and also environmental psychology permeates all the aspects of our life. AFFD design, led by GAO Zhiqiang explores the influence of the space design on user’s emotions and behavior patterns, and makes the space scene trigger people’s emotions gradually.
BOTONG INVESTMENT is an asset management company focusing on stock market investment. Occupying nearly 1000 square meters with 180 degree wide angle of vision, BOTONG INVESTMENT would like to present a professional and rigorous attitude to the clients and employees through the office environment, so interior architect Gao Zhiqiang was invited to design for their new office.Gao Zhiqiang is a sincere expresser of modernism. He pioneered the idea of “Spatial emotion design” and always practices it in his design. “For a stock market company, professionalism, rationality, preciseness and transparency are the main concepts we need to convey both internally and externally. When entering the space, people could feel our concept.” Gao Zhiqiang pointed out clearly, when he first got in touch with this project.
▼休闲区，relax zone © Boris Shiu
In fact, the original office site was only half size of the present one and in lower floor. Considering the development of the company and customer experience, the owner together with designer explores other space in different floors and finally selected this office space in 26 floors with 1000 square meters. Standing in front of the windows, we could take an aerial view of the south central axis of Beijing, Xishan and Olympic Forest Park, which brings a feeling of open-minded. It is abundant and luxury office space for a company with 20 employees, but it also provides designer a great play space as well as a tests. In the view of the nature of the company, Gao Zhiqiang suggested that broad vision and open space could bring more transparent space effect, which could affect the relationship between the company and their clients and establish a more stable and faithful cooperation.
Seven middle panel walls with two-side glass walls divides the long strip space into several different functional areas, including CEO room, investment department, front desk, conference room and the VIP meeting room, which enable you to enjoy a 180 degree surrounding visual experience and extremely comfortable space experience, no matter in which corner you stand. Square columns was distributes along the windows, designer changed the square columns into cylinder ones to balance the square space divided by the panel walls, combining both curve line and straight lines together.
▼平面图，floor plan © Boris Shiu
When 2.3-meter-wide entrance glass door slides open slowly, a hand-made sculptural brass front desk could catch your eyes when you first step into the space. Lights sparkled in a circle from the lamps and lanterns setting in the ceiling, like a crown, which lighten up the whole space. In a regular office project, CEO room is usually a private and dignified space, which might bring people a sense of pressure. ECO room for BOTONG INVESTMENT is free from the inherent shackles, designed as a transparent office providing conversation area for two people and up to five people. There is no barrier and partition between each other, so as the communication between the boss and employees, which would be more smooth and efficient one. The office space was decorated by furniture from different high-end brands, including Fantoni, Interstuhl,Cassina,Molteni&C, Flos,Nemo,Foscarini and Tisserant, enlighten a unique interior space, which blends the western and eastern spirits together and achieve each other.
▼交谈区，不同高端品牌家具的组合，conversation area，furniture from different high-end brands © Boris Shiu
▼沙发座位区，sofa area © Boris Shiu
▼圆桌区，round table area © Boris Shiu
“Light is an architectural material” said by lighting design master, Mario Nanni in his eight lighting theory, in which light and shadow can shape spatial order and boundaries. In the opening office area, classic sayl chairs from Hermanmiller matching with lamps from Waldmann form a separated area in each desk, creating a number of isolated “umbrella” light areas which concentrate the light and allow the staff to focus on their work under a clean top surface.
▼员工工作区，workspace © Boris Shiu
▼多个独立的聚拢光线的“伞状”光区，a number of isolated “umbrella” light areas © Boris Shiu
▼细部，details © Boris Shiu
A large number of medium grey glass partitions were used for design the space, which could make sure the space was well lighted and also maintain necessary privacy at the same time. This is the detail processing of Gao’s design that to keep the conference and office environment from disturbing and to make sure the space looks pure and fresh. This transparency presents the transparent relationship between the company and their clients, employer and employees and also for the co-workers.
▼会议室，meeting room © Boris Shiu
▼中度灰玻璃隔断，medium grey glass partition © Boris Shiu
In the larger multi-functional area, the arrangement of the furniture was the same way as decorated in the CEO room. Employees were flexible to talk and sit here. The furniture could be moved and the space could be upgraded for parties or road shows. The tea room is designed as a stylish independent island, creating a relaxing tea break area in a tight and busy office environment. Two semi-arc spaces were created by grey glass enclosure near the windows, and a soft sofa is placed inside, which provide the employee an opportunity to loosen themselves when overlooking the Xishan in Beijing.
▼具有独立岛台的茶水区，tea area with independent island © Boris Shiu
▼从休闲区望向副总裁办公室，view from relax zone to vice president’s office © Boris Shiu
In the project of BOTONG INVESTMENT, the nature of the company determines the emotions shall be conveyed by the space. As a designer, the founder of spatial emotion design, Gao Zhiqiang is specialized in observing the relationship between the space and space users, insight in balance the individual and entirety, applying colors, lights, sounds, smell, feelings and size to create a work full of humanistic care, temperature emotions, to make the users shape the space and also be shaped by the space at the same time.
▼总裁办公室，president’s office © Boris Shiu
▼办公桌上的皇冠造型灯具，crown lanterns over the table © Boris Shiu
▼副总裁办公室，vice president’s office © Boris Shiu
▼交谈区，色彩明亮的家具 © Boris Shiu
conversation area with colorful furniture
Space Design: AFFD
Project Name: BOTONG INVESTMENT OFFICE
Leader Designer: Gao Zhiqiang
Indoor Design Participants: Chen Hao, Chen Deli, Peng Xingyi, Li Ruirui
Lighting consultant: Liu Jiang
Photographer: Boris Shiu
Stylist: Yang Song
Art Copyright: XT Studio
Location: CHAO YANG, BEIJING
Built area: 1000 m²
Completion Year: 2020.9
Furniture Brand: Fantoni，Interstuhl，Hermanmiller，Cassina，Molteni&C，Minotti，Arper，Knoll，Artemide，B&O，Flos，Foscarini，Tisserant.