北京语言大学国际关系部委托Max Gerthel Studio 晓麦工作室和BaO Architects为他们设计一个大规模的多功能空间，该多功能空间中有两间具备集成视频会议系统的会议室和一间茶水间。这里作为一个接待海外客户与大学合作伙伴的空间，必须能够实现在中央大厅开展代表活动，以及会议和非正式会谈。同样该处也可以开放作为主办演讲、会议和宴会的大厅。
This interior project included a large multi-functional space with two meeting rooms with integrated video conference system and a lounge with tea kitchen. As a reception space for overseas guests and partners of the university, the multifunctional room should accommodate both representation activities as well as conferences and informal meetings in the central lounge. It can also be opened up to become one large room to host lectures, conferences and banquets.
Located on the 8th floor in the new main building overlooking the university campus, the space is designed to be inviting and grand yet not excessive. The entire space is covered in wood which gives a warm atmosphere and good acoustic conditions for meetings and casual conversation. All the service functions (video conference, pantry, folding partitions and storage) are integrated in the deep furniture wall, and meeting tables have full built-in connectivity. The functional areas of the wall are treated as a “jewel box” with sliding and hinged doors and drawers opening up in various ways. There are also illuminated niches for the display of overseas gifts and awards.
All the furniture were designed specifically for the project and custom made. The chairs combine elements from traditional Ming style furniture with a Nordic approach of lightness and comfort. Conference tables are slightly curved to echo the room and legs are centrally placed for maximum seating capacity.
In addition to the meeting rooms and lounge, the project also included redesign of the corridor area in which we integrated three new public functions: Information bar, pantry and copy center. The walls have been clad with white painted particleboard while the functional niches are made in wood panelling.
A world map placed opposite the elevators welcoming visitors entering the 8th floor lobby. The map is made with CNC scored lines into the wall panel and acrylic dots fitting into the slots mark the locations of the university’s worldwide partners.