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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Office Reconstruction in Shanghai, China by Muxin Design

 
September 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sunshine PR

This project is to reconstruct an office in a high-rise building, the original space is in inadequate streamlined layout with multiple irregular shapes and dead space, and the overall utilization rate is low. The client wants the designers transform his office into a place where his staff can take a breath of nature behind the reinforced concrete walls. To this end, the designers abandoned the idea of traditional cubilces, and instead, they lined desks and bookshelves in curved shape alongside the walls and ceiling and moved the “forest” into the office, making it an open space with natural vitality.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

  • Architects: Muxin Design
  • Project: Office Reconstruction| Scenic beauty meets elegance inside an office—-A hidden garden behind the reinforced concrete walls
  • Location: Putuo District, Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Zhang Daqi
  • Design team: Yves Zhang, Leo Sun, Ouyang Boyong, Wang Jie
  • Design scale: Interior design
  • Area: 111 m2
  • Design time: Nov 2015 – Dec 2015
  • Construction time: Dec 2015 – Feb 2016

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

The client specifically requires the designers to spare the space at the office entrance for meetings and negotiations, which makes the rest of the work area an irregular triangular space. In order to maximize the utilization of space, the designers creatively converts the disadvantage into the highlight of the project by using irregular curves in such an irregular space. The three sides are designed to naturally spread around the center of the area, thereby making the entire space in a streamlined layout without any dead space. In addition, the designers have made full use of sunny windows, making the area by the windows into a free space for exchange and sharing. The introduction of green plants has also brought rhythm and cadence to the office.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Streamlined space with winding entrance makes people feel like straying into the Peach Blossom Garden when entering the office.

Finally, an injection of fresh blood has been brought to the traditional office building. For the interior space, the designers have designed a peaceful and pleasant office garden without changing the original structure of the building, connecting the indoor and outdoor areas naturally and thus creating a new form of boundary.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Here, people can escape the urban fog and haze, feel like working in a tranquil garden, which allows them to relax during intense work and thereby increases work efficiency.

Curvilinear workspace contrasts with the rectilinear corridor, continuous curve divides the office into different spaces, providing people a completely different transition experience.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

The plants interspersed between tables enable the employees to feel the atmosphere of nature, and at the same time can effectively improve the indoor micro-climate and working environment. Plants are mainly those suitable for growing indoors, such as happy tree (Radermachera hainanensis Merr), with relatively low ferns and other small plants among them, making every corner full of green.

Glass partition in the conference room blurs the boundaries of space, which alters the stiff impression of conventional partitions. Natural and lightsome are the themes of this project. Abundant plants bring an attractive highlight to the office.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Traditional office is usually a semi-open space. Now, in this project, the office space is divided into various areas in picturesque disorder interspersed with trees and rocks, which makes the office more interesting and provides employees with a better experience.

The intensive use of wood conveys a sense of intimacy. Wood tables and decorations, together with white walls, form rich textural levels. With bookshelves and sofa as transitional spaces, the office becomes even more comfortable and pleasant by placing adequate plants. Graphic design elements in each functional area enrich the visual experience.

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Image Courtesy © Zhang Daqi

Left: Yves Zhang   Right: Leo Sun, Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Left: Yves Zhang, Right: Leo Sun, Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Muxin Design And Research Studio

Muxin Design And Research Studio is founded in Shanghai by Leo Sun and Yves Zhang, it is a studio engaged in various designs, including architectural design, interior design, graphic design and product design. Muxin Design combines architectural logic and artistic language to demonstrate the unique character, form and space for every project. Muxin Design consists of a group of young people who are passionate about design, and try together to become one of most influential emerging design studio in China.

Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

Image Courtesy © Muxin Design

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