Beijing has a growing demand for places to host different kinds of events. As a city in rapid transformation from an industrial heritage into the service sector, it requires spaces to hold business meetings, product presentations and leisure activities. In the past, hotels offered ballrooms for formal events, while industrial compounds did the same for less formal activities. However, neither hotels nor industrial compounds can offer installations suitable to the current demands of companies, due to the static appearance of the first and the lack of adequacy of the latter. Modern companies and organizations prefer spaces with dynamic and integral features.
▼位于西外立面的主入口，main entrance on west side
Located by the south bank of the Beijing River, an existing concrete structure with a space of 1,000 square meters has been renovated to create a refined space, yet flexible enough to serve the needs of multiple companies.To the north, dark steel panels and large windows enclose a preexisting saw-tooth roof, while the west facade functions as the main entrance to the building. It also presents copper panels that find continuity in the interior.
▼被深色钢质面板以及大大的窗户环抱的北侧锯齿形屋顶，dark steel panels and large windows enclose a preexisting saw-tooth roof
Once inside, two-story galleries to the north that function as service spaces surround the seven-meter high auditorium. The first floor becomes the natural entrance and reception lobby. The second floor then becomes a place for casual conversation after the events.
▼一层画廊钢质和铜质材料打造，The roof made of steel and copper in the gallery on the first floor
▼从一层画廊走上二层画廊，from first floor to second floor
▼雕刻天花板衔接了空间，the sculptural ceiling connects spaces
The sculptural ceiling is an important element that defines the character of the space inside the galleries. While the walls become dark elements made of LED screens and black wood panels, the floor works as a mirror to the roof’s appearance with its brown wood planks. The roof made of steel and copper in the gallery on the first floor connects with the one on the second. As a counterpart to the galleries, the auditorium functions as a black box with gray PVC floors, gray fabric walls and an open ceiling painted black. In addition, steel strips are used on the cage of the stairs, the handrails by the doors and various decorative elements. The auditorium is a room of 15 meters wide by 26 meters long surrounded by LED screens that transform presentations into complete three-dimensional experiences.
▼大堂入口与灰色织物墙面，hall entrance and gray fabric walls
▼大堂，一个由灰色PVC地板，灰色织物墙面及开放式黑色喷漆天花板组成的黑盒子，the auditorium functions as a black box with gray PVC floors, gray fabric walls and an open ceiling painted black
▼使用了雕刻天花板的较小共享空间，small hall with the sculptural ceiling
Renovation remains at a functional level, as the sculptural facades and internal ceilings define the character of the building.
▼雕刻天花板细节，the sculptural ceiling details
设计年代：2017 ~ 2018
Location: Beijing, China
Year: 2017 ~ 2018
Client: BlueFocus Communication Group
Area: 1,000 m2
Budget: 450,000 €
Services: Architecture, Interiors
Architects: Latitude Architectural Group
Photographer: Hector Peinador