Excerpt: The architectural firm AD Architecture has designed its office in 2021. The project explores future office and a revolution in the current context. The future concept is a universal idea, while the present is full of romantic self-righteousness. The dark hue of the AD ARCHITECTURE office surprisingly draws the sightline to the beautiful scenery outside, enhancing the employees’ interaction with nature. The project reveals minimalist, artistic design languages whilst integrating Eastern and Western ideas. Here, the mind resonates with the space and encounters good things.
[Text as submitted by Architect] “The project explores future office and a revolution in the current context. The future concept is a universal idea, while the present is full of romantic self-righteousness. I hope the instantaneous idea of the project can trigger stimulation and continually inspire a new vision.”
— Xie Peihe, Chief Designer
If the present is an illusion, the chief designer Xie Peihe hopes it’s about power, ambiguity, temptation, mischief, romance, fun, and mystery.
As conceiving its new office in Shenzhen, the design practice AD ARCHITECTURE is intended to create an otherworld at the moment to generate a unique sensory experience in the space. The moment is only perfected with the participation of people and behaviours, which is an unintentional perfection. The unintended is a kind of artificial order, and the nature of space keeps changing in line with the relationship between time and people. Such an unknown changing state of space is what AD ARCHITECTURE has always been exploring in design practice.
More than office
Familiarity is reassuring but less touching. AD ARCHITECTURE tried to rebel against rules and create a touching experience for this project. The windows are a park oasis, lake, sea, and remote mountains outside the office, which form a wonderful picture. The office also enjoys a panoramic view of Hongkong and Shenzhen Bay. The design team wanted to express the idea of men relying on nature in the city centre, to let people become a part of nature. Resonance is love, which is what AD ARCHITECTURE calls warmth. The team always focuses on the interaction between people and objects with an exploratory attitude.
Intelligent multifunctional reception area
AD ARCHITECTURE abandoned the traditional meeting model where people sit facing each other but unified the meeting area and the reception area. Through bright lighting and stereo system, this integrated area can also be turned into a cinema or an entertainment area. This maximizes space utilization, weakens its business atmosphere, and makes it more relaxing. Here, people are not opposite but in the same community, which reveals “warmth” in the cold office building.
As night falls, the city and the cold office building are quite down. AD ARCHITECTURE wanted to alter such normality through design. Flame-like red lighting bursts out of the black box, bringing users to another dimension awash with seduction, ambiguity and illusion. It evokes rich emotions and brings more surprises rather than fear.
Self and openness
The material display area is often considered the most cluttered and private space in the corporate office. This stereotype stems from an uneasy mindset that desires to hide imperfection. However, with a confident attitude, AD ARCHITECTURE deliberately set the material display area at the centre of the space near the entrance. The central position of this area makes work more efficient. It shows aesthetic expressions and reflects the design team’s challenge against uneasiness.
The reception area, material display area, and office area constitute the AD ARCHITECTURE office. The twisting circulation route formed at the entrance and the low-profile reception area creates a private, mysterious spatial atmosphere and reveals hidden beauty.
Usually, dark-toned offices are controversial. The dark hue of the AD ARCHITECTURE office surprisingly draws the sightline to the beautiful scenery outside, enhancing the employees’ interaction with nature. The simple material scheme and travertine-texture Italian coatings reveal a sense of the weight of the space. FINETT carpet from Germany features comfort, excellent sound absorption performance and fine textures. The combination of stainless steel and lighting enhances the sense of technology of the space while enriching spatial scenes.
The design of this office is an impulsive but intentional attempt. AD ARCHITECTURE boldly explored the possible forms of future offices while also incorporating humanity into the workplace. The project reveals minimalist, artistic design languages whilst integrating Eastern and Western ideas. Here, the mind resonates with the space and encounters good things.
Retro style and fashion
Furnishings from various international brands are brought into the office. The TA001T Dream Chair, designed by Tadao Ando, furniture pieces from Cassina, Driade and HAG, and Fragment floor lamp designed by SINGCHAN reveal the collision between retro style and fashion and embody the pursuit of design quality.