Coworking spaces such as SOHO 3Q WuJiaoChang are places that buzz with energy. Where the unexpected forms part of your daily agenda. For China’s millennials, the country’s largest demographic by far, they are work environments for new encounters – places where you can meet interesting people and create new things together. It is a way to come into contact with other talented people, mavericks, movers and doers, who could perhaps become your next coworkers or business partners. Our transformation of a Shanghai department store from the 1980s makes a stimulating contribution to this subject – and with it, to the future of the work environment. The client commissioning this project was SOHO China, the country’s largest private real estate developer, which has already made a name for itself with its spectacular construction projects.
▼SOHO五角场3Q外观，exterior view of the SOHO 3Q WuJiaoChang © Sui Sicong
▼一层大堂概览，内设一个夹层空间，中间的旋转楼梯连接大厦各个楼层的公共空间，overview of the entrance hall with a mezzanine space, the spiral staircase connects all upper floors © CreatAR Image
▼一层空间局部，采用蓝色和棕色的色调，设有不同形式的共享工作区，partial interior view of the first floor in the blue and brown colors with co-working areas in the different forms © Sui Sicong
▼一层共享工作区局部，采用木制墙面和蓝色的座椅，配有白色椭圆形吊灯，partial view of the co-working area on the first floor with wood veneers, blue seatings and the elliptical white pendant lamp © Sui Sicong (up); © CreatAR Image (down)
▼一层共享工作区局部，采用水磨石地板，partial view of the co-working area on the first floor with the terrazzo floor © Sui Sicong
▼一层共享工作区局部，名人的艺术肖像点缀了整个棕色墙面，partial view of the co-working area on the first floor, decorating the brown wall with well-known personalities © Sui Sicong
▼从夹层看一层空间，木制楼梯空间可作为阶梯式休息讨论区，viewing the first floor from the mezzanine, wooden stairs space acts as stepped rest areas © Sui Sicong
China has an impressive number of young people with a drive to move things forward and a need for a modern and inspiring work environment from which to do so. At the same time, the country has a great deal of outdated building stock that no longer complies with today’s use and quality requirements. There is enormous potential in rediscovering and converting these large spaces for a new kind of use: the city’s unused building blocks are becoming revitalised and the new way of working together is finding an environment outside of conventional office typologies.
In Wujiaochang, a trendy district with numerous shopping malls near Shanghai University, the opportunity arose to transform a disused department store with 14,000 square metres and five levels into this kind of dynamic workspace. Via the two-level campus on the ground floor, the energy of the coworking space connects with the pulse of the city. The campus forms the centrepiece of the building: a two-level community hub designed for business talks, presentations, formal and spontaneous meetings, and a place to have coffee. A new spiral staircase makes a bold sculptural gesture, connecting all upper floors and ensuring that creative community life continues on every level.
▼从下向上看大堂中间的旋转楼梯，looking up view of the new spiral staircase in the center of the entrance hall © Sui Sicong (up); © CreatAR Image (down)
▼从上向下看大堂中间的旋转楼梯，looking down view of the new spiral staircase in the center of the entrance hall © Sui Sicong
On each of the five levels, users are welcomed in a central reception area. Around the reception area is grouped a diverse array of communication areas: small and large conference rooms, cafeterias and more concentrated work spaces, such as small conference niches, alcoves and acoustically shielded telephone booths. Separate private offices in denominations of two to 30 workstations offer an easily scalable, flexible work environment for a total of 2.500 people.
▼上层办公区域，设有圆形的白色前台空间，the upper office areas with the white central reception area © Sui Sicong
▼上层办公区域的公共空间，the public space of the upper office areas © Sui Sicong
▼上层办公区局部，空间风格开敞，通透而自由，partial view of upper office areas, creating an easily scalable, flexible work environment © Sui Sicong
The design language mirrors the energy of the coworking ethos: terrazzo floors, open ceilings and wooden surfaces teamed with bold colours create an inspiring yet engaging atmosphere for a target group that is always on the move. In order to zone such a large area into identifiable spaces, each level is dedicated to a well-known personality, who effected a revolutionary change in perception in their particular field of endeavour: portraits of Ieoh Ming Pei, Steve Jobs, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison decorate the walls and give each level its unique identity. Individual graphic and colour concepts provide a further means of differentiation. The five levels thereby become work havens for your particular professional ambitions.
▼上层办公空间局部，每一个楼层均有专属的颜色和主题，partial view of the upper office area, each level is dedicated to a certain color and a well-known personality © Sui Sicong
▼上层办公空间局部，设有强调私密性的讨论空间，适于小规模讨论或者通话，partial view of the upper office areas with more concentrated work spaces, such as small conference niches, alcoves and acoustically shielded telephone booths © Sui Sicong
▼办公空间局部，采用红色色调，以贝聿铭的肖像为主题，为楼层赋予不同的个性，partial view of the office area in the red palette, the portraits of Ieoh Ming Pei decorate the walls and give the level its unique identity © Sui Sicong
▼一层平面图，1F plan © Ippolito Fleitz Group
▼二层平面图，2F plan © Ippolito Fleitz Group
client: SOHO China Ltd.
year: Project (2018–2019)
size: 14,000 m2
Team: Kim Angenendt Ruth Calimlim, Wei Gao, Lena Grzib, Jonathan Hernandez, Peter Ippolito, Axel Knapp, Tim Lessmann, Kanru Liu, Jose Miso, Mario Rodriguez, Carolin Stusak, Wenso Yang, Dirk Zschunke
photography: Sui Sicong, CreatAR Image
Partner: Arcplus Shanghai Xiandai (Local Design Institute)