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.
H&M logistic office in Taipei, Taiwan by J.C. Architecture
March 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: J.C. Architecture
As H&M fashion company launched their first store in Taiwan, the logistic office and warehouse were set among the mountains of Ruifung, on the outskirts of Taipei City. The reconfigured space introduces a new approach to logistic offices as opposed to the stereotypical warehouse workplace. The design embodies a casual, warm and playfulenvironment that reflects the belief in each individual’s ability to show initiative.
The biggest challenge was to create two separate workspaces, with one being secured for the finance department, though maintaining a connectivity and sense of togetherness between the spaces. Given the large column span and high ceilings of the site, juxtaposed with the surrounding landscape, we decided to explore the idea of openness vs. private. We created a space that promoted creativity, personalization and collaboration while playing a role between the interior and exterior.
Traditionally used for many purposes, including resting,cooking, working, and playing, a courtyard was designed as an extension of the workspace. It is also a shared area and cafe for other departments in the building. The open space with kitchen, garden and casual seating became the pivotal point where people come to meet, relax, work or enjoy a meal together. The courtyard is bright and open as an outdoor plaza. and surrounded by anwooden arcade and its multiple doorways link the workstations and courtyard together. The communal space evokes the sense of collectiveness as well as the playful and honest character of the company.
The workstations are placed in what we call the “cloister area,” an L-shape hall enclosed by arches with one side facing the inner building and the other overlooking the courtyard. By creating the layout in a human-scale approach, with small groups and breathing spaces throughout, we provide the required privacy setting while maintaining a neutral hierarchy environment. Both departments have a consistent warm, textural feel, as belonging to one continuous environment.
J.C. Architecture is a multidisciplinary design firm that their projects include architecture, interior, hospitality, service, industrial and jewellery design in several countries collaborating with clients from various industries. The work has won several awards and competitions including TID (2011-2013), Golden Torch Award(2013), FIABCI(2013), Chinese Golden Stone Architecture Award(2010), NTPU Library Competition First Prize in 2008.
JCA is operated as a studio think tank, developing researching and experimental methodologies for new possibilities for pushing design into every corner of their work. With the combination of great minds amongst different disciplines and the always fun and passionate staff, JCA aims to create a new sense of identity and character for the world to inhabit in.
Johnny Chiu, the founder of J.C. Architecture (JCA) who graduated from Columbia University, lived, worked, and taught in more than six countries, has the great belief that a good design should be inspired from the individual. The society and the interaction between human and space are also his concerns in the design work.
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