Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
XJB Lounge in Shanghai, China by Meta- Studio
July 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Meta- Studio
Located in Pudong district, Shanghai, well known as business area, Studio Meta-, Hong Kong based architecture practice, was commissioned to design XJB Lounge which serves as an exclusive VIP member lounge for metal fabrication company. The main purpose behind the design proposal is to use their existing product which is metal.
The design intent is to involve metal but not the one in the good state for sale. In contrary, the beauty lies on the aging metal, rusty metal. The texture of it is created through a reaction between iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture or other acid. Somehow, rust is a result of natural beauty through a chemical reaction.
Beside a symbolic material as an essential design key, formality needs to represent uniqueness and strength yet warm to be a VIP lounge. Another warm element is introduced to combine as its structural support and decorative feature through voronoi system, which is timber. Having timber as support of metal, it gives a sense of lightness to metal as an image.
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