在设计中，我们研究了Aldo Van Eyck的作品，特别是以下两个与本项目有关的案例：雕塑馆和Nieuwmarkt游乐场。它们都是从人的经验出发，设计的空间与那些从功能出发的现代主义设计截然不同。Aldo Van Eyck的两个作品都不是以严谨的大秩序组织空间，而是由许多有品质的空间组成，并松散地连接成统一整体。
口袋墙是一个简单的组成单元，我们从充分理解它的独特性出发，通过设计多个大小和位置不同的口袋墙，来创造令人激动的多元化空间场景。和Aldo Van Eyck的上述两个作品类似, 这些口袋墙定义的空间松散地连接成统一整体。藉由这种设计手法，我们获得了一个看上去没有严格秩序和清晰边界的自由平面，这正体现了开放式办公环境的概念。
YQ is a new company that deals in health-related goods, and we were commissioned to design its head office and an exhibition space in an existing industrial building. One of requests from the client was to have an open working environment instead of a cluster of rooms. It was our design challenge to create a good balance between its openness for communication and closeness for the staff to focus on their individual work. The idea of “pocket wall” came out as a design tool to organize the functional spaces and control the quality of working environment.
The pocket wall is a full-height partition wall in a U-shape. It certainly defines an interior space, but it doesn’t completely enclose the space as one side is open. By allocating eight of them over the site with their open sides always outward against windows, it created two kinds of basic spatial conditions: first, a blight but comparatively closed space along the windows at the north and south, suitable for the work; and second, a dynamic and continuous space between curvilinear walls in the middle of the floor, enjoyable to walk and suitable for the exhibition.
In design process, we came across the works of Aldo Van Eyck, and especially the following two projects appeared relevant to our case: namely Sculpture Pavilion and Nieuwmarkt Playground. It was observed that their designs were concerned with spatial experience of people, and the resultant spaces looked very different from those modernism works designed through the functional approach. The two projects by Aldo Van Eyck did not have a large and rigid spatial order covering the whole project. Instead, they had numbers of parts designed with spatial quality, connected loosely one another and made a unified whole.
The pocket wall is a simple structural unit, and our project started from understanding its unique characteristic. By allocating multiple pocket walls in different sizes and positioning, it created a variety of spaces with exciting scenes. Similarly to what we observed in the works of Aldo Van Eyck, we loosely related the parts one another to create a unified whole. Because of its method, the plan looked less-hierarchical and boundless, which well presented the concept of an open working environment.