The golden flowing river contrasted with soft misty clouds located at Beijing world trade center, a hair salon; MQ studio has been designed and construction completed by CAA at the end of August 2018.
Located in the Beijing central banking district, surrounded by a multitude of fashion outlets, MQ studio Beijing flagship settles itself within a unique place. Going being all the functional requirements, it is not a hair dressing studio, but an art sculpture exhibited at the hub of the China World Trade Center. As one moves closer to this area, cloud images are seen, which are projected onto the glass that envelops the space. These images are superimposed onto the space as a layer and when viewed from outside to in, it creates a sense of infinite possibility and opportunity, which is much associated within the infinite horizons of the sky.
▼缥缈的云层叠加于玻璃幕墙之上，环抱整个空间，as one moves closer to this area, cloud images are seen, which are projected onto the glass that envelops the space
Rising from clouds, the golden ceiling sculpture provides visitors a powerful visual experience as they pass by, consequently attracting people enter the salon and enjoy this cloud surrounded, sky flowing wonderland. Inside the space, the shimmering ceiling is lifted out of clouds, referencing a golden river soaked in evening sunlight, flowing slowly into the distance. At various points it trickles down like a stalactite to form the vanity mirror used by the hair stylists. The combination of aesthetics and function here is designed seamlessly. The metaphorical clouds become a medium that transfers people from the one dimension to the next, linking the spectator to a new parallel utopia.
▼金色的天顶从云层升腾，为来往行人带来超现实的视觉体验，rising from clouds, the golden ceiling sculpture provides visitors a powerful visual experience as they pass by
The floor plan of the salon is an irregular shape, penetrated by four large inclined columns which form part of the buildings concrete superstructure to hold up the 330m height building above. The salon is located at a core of the building, and a number of different building service pipes transit the space across the ceiling. The unique structure and the small-scale space produce various design challenges, which founder Liu Haowei decided to try.
▼不规则的空间内分布着四根用于支撑超高层建筑的方形混凝土立柱，the floor plan of the salon is an irregular shape, penetrated by four large inclined columns which form part of the buildings concrete superstructure to hold up the 330m height building above
Instead of concealing the industrial building services behind a screen, the design chose to highlight the ceiling part by using a generative design algorithm to create the impressive parametric form which simulates a wave pattern. Conceptually the ceiling is operating as a wave of water, sparkling under the sunshine. Highly reflective golden stainless steel was applied to make the ceiling, and after studying the reflection properties of the material at different angles, the CAA team aligned each surface accurately to let light bounce and refract at different angles, creating glamor and drama in this house of fashion and style.
▼顶部天花造型通过参数化设计实现，模拟出水流的抽象形态，the ceiling part was highlighted by using a generative design algorithm to create the impressive parametric form which simulates a wave pattern
▼玫瑰金色的镜面折射出更加温和的光线，golden stainless steel was applied to provide warmer lights
▼水波潋滟的视觉效果，a wave of water, sparkling under the sunshine
Behind the scenes was a large challenge for the construction team. Over 300 different hexagons are all made and installed by hands. The general soldering method is not possible due to the material delicate properties. The design team and the construction team spent several months of time to develop the best solution and to make the final installation of the interior art piece possible.
In the heart of the hustle and bustle of the Beijing business CBD, this golden river flows above the clouds and becomes a secret place created by CAA, leaving a special impression that adds another great experience to the Chinese capital.
▼外观细部，exterior detailed view
摄影&摄像：Felix Amiss、任卓颖 | ©CAA建筑事务所
Architect studio: CAA (Core of Architecture & Art)
Lead Architect: Liu Haowei
Project Manager: Zhang Pan
Design Team：Liu Xuewei, Zhao Xingyun, Ren Zhuoying, Shevaun Mistry, Xiao Tianle
Construction Manager: Xiao Shengping
Design Date: 12/2017
Location: World trade center III, Beijing
Manufacture: Xia Men Hualixin Architectural Decoration Co.,Ltd
Photography&Video: Felix Amiss, Ren Zhuoying | ©Core of Architecture & Art