Space never simply serves as a container for physical form, But houses soul and spirit. We construct our home with poetic quality, While our home composes part of us with subtlety.
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Sun rises and sets; the wheel of city life keeps rolling over relentlessly. The tension and pressure have been lingering around the metropolitan worker for long and never fade away. Under such circumstance, what kinds of qualities should we value in the design of working space which occupies 1/3 of our day?
The answer from MUDA is straightforward: the space is to be poetic, gentle, heart-warming, and inspiring.
At the height of 160 meters and with a 270-degree view, MUDA new office-site is located at the 38th floor of Chengdu China Resources Building, right next to the eastern viaduct of the second ring road. When you look around, you can appreciate the gorgeousness of snow mountains on the west, and the well constructed city skyline and urban footprint. Meanwhile, when you look down, the combination of dynamic and static, modern and ancient, can all be found in the old neighborhood and the traffic streaming along the viaduct
Full-height glazing blur the boundary between the cityscape and office-interior, while the mullions and columns framing the city views with different dimensions and perspectives. MUDA hope its design strategies could be inspired under such scenarios.
In the original condition, the mechanical equipments occupies almost 1m of the 4.2m floor height. To rebuild the order and invigorate the space, MUDA first removed all the standardized decoration of the office and then added the suspended ceiling with hollowed-out wooden texture grids. In this way, the primitive floor height was preserved, and a well-organized spatial texture was achieved..
The main consideration for the spatial design was comfortability. To begin with, MUDA selected the wood color as the base and performed it with different materiality on the ceiling, floor and interior façade. At the same time, the white office tables revitalize the space; the bare concrete columns empower its sense of potency and time; the well-designed furniture system and flexible space divisions, compose a contemporary urban Shan-shui painting.
Following the principle of less is more, the harmony between sensibility and rationality was achieved by the design of material and function, which leads to a heart-warming, pure and tranquil atmosphere. When night falls, cold natural light smoothly transitions into warm interior light, while the translucent wooden louvers providing a sense of ambiguity. In this way, a poem about office space has been well-written.
Intelligent office design is another key feature MUDA achieved. The lighting system in the public area was composed by 400 smart LED lightbulbs. The light temperature and intensity of every single smart LED lightbulb could be remotely controlled by smart phone application with precision. Moreover, the lighting presets enable the office space to freely and automatically switch among daytime mode, lunchbreak mode, nighttime mode, meeting mode, presentation mode and party mode etc... Thus, a fusion of technology, functionality and aesthetic has been accomplished.
The lighting system design of the new office is an exploration for the positive impact of smart technology on the quality of life, and is also an experimental exploration of the combination of health, green and energy saving. The many possibilities of intelligent design will continue to be explored by Muda in the subsequent office life.
The office space has been divided into several functional dimensions, including entrance, individual office, standard working space, exhibition area, bar, salon and multi-functional meeting area.
Different spots of working area could obtain distinctive views of the city thanks to the open spatiality. Other than the views, the sliding division system provide flexibility for the meeting area and reception area. Besides, the electronic wooden louvers enable the spatiality freely transformed among close, semi-close/semi-open and open.
The design of the meeting area was aimed to be creative and revolutionary due to the low efficiency of the conventional meeting room. In this way, the meeting area of the MUDA new office could accommodate different activities such as salon, entertainment (ping-pong), party, model making, material demo, and storage besides holding meetings. Thus, the meeting room becomes the most popular space in the whole office.
The wooden color serving as the main tone of the space, comes from the wooden suspended ceiling, wooden louvers, reinforced wooden flooring, and customized wooden cabinet etc. Moreover, the roughness of bare concrete and the delicacy of artistic paint composes a gentle melody with white table surfaces, translucent glass divisions, crafty architecture models, and moderate soft decorations.
The spatial design of MUDA new office was aimed to reconsider and build up the ambiguity of the space in physical form, from the contemporary aspects of openness, comfortability and intellectualization. “We are only able to construct after to survive; housing is the biological expression of human beings, which suggests the desire to seek for the origin.
A working space highly associated with city development would help MUDA to better incorporate its understanding towards humanity, architecture, nature and city within future globalization and design practice.
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