The design is a reflection of the ongoing creative process within the studio. The intervention
seeks to provide an adaptable space that supports a range of informal functions.
The office is situated in a former metal factory. The excising diagonal steel structure was causing
difficulties to fulfill the wish of the studio to create two floors. The distance between the structure
and ceiling was too less for a traditional office layout of floor and tables. Therefore a floor is
created just above the steel structure. Four working stations are placed in the space between the
steel profiles. This way the floor is transformed to one continuous desk, while the four recessed
stations provide a more traditional workspace. The large ‘work floor’ invites the designers to use
the open space for thinking, sketching, meeting, drafting, modeling, sitting and relaxing. This
informal interpretation of office space encourages cross-pollination between the different projects
and disciplines occurring within the studio.
On the lower floor the individual workstations are placed along the window. A green sculptural
table can be used for communal activities. Informal and contoured, the central staircase is
reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling. Upon entering the stairway, a
highly saturated environment of bright red engulfs and surrounds the individual, starkly marking
the transition between the contrasting office areas. The color is repeated on the second floor as
an accent to highlight the recessed work areas.
Design team: Enrico Taranta, Giorgio Radojkovic, Juriaan Calis.
Location: Red Town Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China.
Project year: 2010
photo© Shen Qiang(Shen Photo)& Fay Wu.