Shenzhen Sungang centre lobby and showroom, China by AIM ARCHITECTURE

Heavy versus light, material versus energy

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Shenzhen, an economic and technological bastion of modern China, exists in a unique moment in time. From the outside looking in, the city appears to be entirely futuristic; technology infiltrates almost every aspect of society. But just beyond the high-tech sheen exists cravings for moments that don’t always translate on a screen. As the former logistics distribution hub, Sungang district is undergoing the transition between past and the future, the tradition and the high-tech.

▼笋岗中心大堂入口外观,exterior view of the Sungang centre’s office lobby ©张辉


When approached to design Sungang centre’s office lobby and the showroom, we decided to let the lobby speak to that duality, reflecting the eternal push-pull of high-tech, high-touch.

Sungang centre’s office lobby © 华润置地


The stone lobby speaks to our tactile nature. The floors, lower parts of the walls, and entrance desk are all made of a smooth, matte-like stone. Grounded and earthy, it inspires you to run your hand across its surface, a long, sculpted vessel-esque shape held in place by a long slot on the floor. Stone evokes the past and signals the future, cool to the touch and timeless. It is a material that can bring us back to our senses, the perfect foil to technology’s bright lights.

sculpted vessel-esque shape desk and the unique wall  ©张辉


To represent the slickness of technology, we harnessed that light and outfitted long curved profiles on the walls and ceilings to reflect light back into the lobby. Made of metal and aluminium, they behave differently from the stone, and help to create a rhythm against the seamlessness and monolith of the stone. The ceiling elements extend into the architectural canopy outside the building to blur the barrier between indoors and outdoors. Together the stone and aluminium form their own ‘universe’ with a simple horizon to separate them.

▼由展示区看大堂,viewing the office lobby from the showroom ©张辉

showroom lift lobby ©张辉

office lift lobby ©张辉


The adjacent showroom expands on the same theme. The aluminium profiles are replaced with ample gypsum curves that create emphasized, dynamic moments for projects and models to stand out.

the showroom on the ground floor ©张辉


It is a striking and beautiful space that welcomes visitors with clean, vertical lines and open volume that creates and nurtures a duality that is as old as it is powerful— heavy versus light, material versus energy, the intangible vs the constant presence of tech.

▼平面图,floor plan © 恺慕建筑设计事务所

▼室内剖立面图,section © 恺慕建筑设计事务所

设计总监:Wendy Saunders,Vincent de Graaf
室内团队: 黄骁鸣,李欣,沈思韵,张艺,张楠,Arpad Bercek,Youjin An
软装团队:Peichin Lee

Client: CR Land
Location: Shenzhen, China
GFA: 3,800sqm
Completion: 2020
Design Scope: Office lobby, 1F showroom, residential mock-up common area, 6F office Showroom
Design Principals: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf
Project Manager: Cindy Xu
Project Architect: Heaven Deng
Interior Team: Arpad Bercek, Heather Zhang, Leven Li, Melody Shen, Simon Huang, Youjin An, Zhang Yi
FFE Team: Peichin Lee
Lighting consultant: Lighting Planners Associates (LPA)
LDI: Shenzhen Ruihe Construction Decoration CO., LTD
Photography: Zhang Hui

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