KWSD Architectural Design Studio was invited to create a futuristic office space for Shanghai Yinglan Investment Management Co., LTD. The project is located on the 27th floor of The Office building of Jing ‘an Kerry Center in Shanghai designed by top international architectural firm KPF, with excellent urban skyline view. This project uses modern design techniques, together with the injection of science and technology, humanity, to create a futuristic and inclusive office space.
▼项目概览，overview © 厉鸿凯
Due to the situation, we make reasonable use of the characteristics of the site.
Before the design of the project, the ceiling height under the whole beam was only 2.5 meters, with multiple bevel cutting angles on the plan. Meanwhile，the columns in the space were thick and irregular. Such a “congenital deficiency” is the most intractable problem in our design.At the beginning of the design, based on the consideration of floor height, we did not adopt a very complex space design method. Instead, we cut the plane into several simple volumes according to the function, ensuring the integrity of the three main spaces (President’s office, staff’s office area and conference room), which are rectangular and usable.
▼改造前的办公室，the original space of the office © 上海境物建筑设计咨询有限公司
Flexible scene transformation makes variability come true.
On the basis of satisfying the basic functions, how to make the space meet more humanized needs is another problem we think about. And the movable door is our answer to this question. We advocate using the most common materials to create variable office space, which fully reflects the design value.When you first enter the space, the wood veneer at the entrance is a door with three fixed files. When the door is moved to three different positions, the space can be specified into three kinds of use scenes, which can fully meet the needs of users and form a space with extremely strong geometric interest.When the door moves to the left, it separates the entrance space from the office space, and also forms the guidance of the moving line. From the entrance space, you can directly enter the conference room.When the door is moved to the middle, the office space is separated from the entrance space, forming two relatively independent spaces. The office space can be guaranteed to use the wood veneer door as a porch to create visual occlusion.Meanwhile, the entrance space can also become a private place to answer the phone, thus reducing the impact on the main office space.When the door moves to the right, it forms an open office space with a wide view.
▼轴测与平面，axonometry and plan © 上海境物建筑设计咨询有限公司
In the process of constantly moving the door, the wood veneer of the top and the facade is geometrically cut, and the light and shadow are constantly overlapping and recombined. It seems to be dynamic and random, but it creates its own internal order. The restraint in the use of materials enhances the control of specific materials on the effect of space.On the left side of the entrance, a movable glass door between the conference room and the staff office area, reflecting the material around it, forms a pure space dominated by wood finishes and art paint. The ground material is extended with the wall material, creating a unique visual atmosphere and realizing the continuity of the whole space.
▼入口空间，可移动玻璃门，entrance space，movable glass door © 厉鸿凯
Light penetrates the space and blurs the boundary.
In order to strengthen the independence and visual recognition of space, we abandon the traditional practice of defining and dividing space by real walls, and try to make people’s cognition and identification of spatial dimensions more diversified between light and shadow. As a modern material, the embedded linear light belt intervenes the ground, the top surface and the wall surface. While recessive delimiting the space, it forms a regular framed view in depth and focuses the line of sight.
▼内嵌式线型灯带限定空间，embedded linear light belt delimiting the space © 厉鸿凯
▼会议室，conference room © 厉鸿凯
▼员工办公区，staff’s office area © 厉鸿凯
▼从员工办公区看向总裁办公室，view from staff office area to president’s office © 厉鸿凯
As another material for defining and dividing the space, the glass constantly maps the lines formed by the light belt under the rendering of the light, endlessly circulating and reflecting rich spatial levels.
▼会议室和员工办公区之间的灯带光影效果，the lighting effect between the conference room and the staff office area © 厉鸿凯
▼总裁办公室和员工办公区之间的光影效果，the lighting effect between the President’s office and the staff office area © 厉鸿凯
The triangular area formed by the aggregation between the rectangular blocks naturally becomes the Shared leisure area, which not only breaks the dull single square layout, but also increases the enjoyment of the leisure area by maximizing the hypotenuse of the triangle.Within the scope of people’s comfortable space perception, glass and light belt cooperate with each other, which breaks through the inherent boundary consciousness of science and technology and nature, virtual and reality, indoor and outdoor. The whole space presents a free, open, future and interactive new format of office design.
▼三角形的休闲区，triangular leisure area © 厉鸿凯
The intervention of humanities and arts makes space full of vitality.
In the choice of soft decoration, in order to better fit the future sense of science and technology of the office environment that the owner wants, efforts to guide the owner tend to the modern style. The overall regards earth color system as the main, with matte blue as the finishing touch of the space, finally presenting the current design.The use of mirrors weakens the structure of columns. Multi-dimensional imaging features not only complement the framing effect of lines, but also enrich the visual level. Combined with the placement of green plants, the whole office space is full of vitality.The three-dimensional spheres on the right of the entrance shows an orderly array. The spheres gradually decrease from top to bottom, presenting a three-dimensional triangular space effect.
▼球体阵列细节，detail of spherical devices © 厉鸿凯
▼饰品细节，details of decorations © 陈佩
Project Name: Office Interior Design of Jing ‘an Kerry Centre
Design: KWSD (KingWoo Strategy & Design)
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design Year & Completion Year: June 2020 – August 2020
Completion Time: October 2020
Leader Designer: Eric Tsui
Team: Liu Xiaoqing, Huang Weisong, Kong Xianglin, Shi Jieying
Project Location: No. 27 Huqiu Road, Shanghai
Gross Built Area (square meters): 150㎡
Photo Credits: Li Hongkai, Chen Pei
Clients: Shanghai Yinglan Investment Management Co., LTD.