Long One-piece Wall
We had several design projects of co-working space in the last few years. There was always this challenge of creating an enjoyable working environment that was fundamentally different from the conventional monotonous office spaces, and we worked on those projects with following two objectives: first, designing the space for people and their interactions with the environment; and second, designing the space with a unique identity.
Our last project of co-working space was SW6.0 in Shenzhen. It had a site with an unusual shape, the length of 120m in sharp contrast to the depth of only 15m. The linearity could be an advantage for the project if we could make it into a unique feature, but it also required us a careful consideration of how to design a circulation path over the site while providing an enjoyable spatial experience without being too dull. In response to the situation, we designed the main circulation path as if it was a landscaped street in a city. A variety of spatial settings were proposed and put together like a collage along the path; it brought about spatial complexities to the project, and gave people enjoyable experiences of wandering around.
The landscaped street was developed from the following six spatial devices: Arches, Frame, Pool, Deck, Table, and Columns. They were brought up not to make a simple visual image but to create a spatial setting that people could interact with or occupy it for relaxing and chatting. It was our idea for this project to create a series of street scenes with activities of people.
The most outstanding element among the six was a long one-piece wall with arches. It responded to the linear character of the site by the placement; that is to say, it ran through the whole site and shaped a street, a plaza, and some pocket spaces. It was designed as a standing structure with its unusual length and thickness, which reinforced its existence at the site in contrast to the lightness of partition walls. The side faces of the wall were clad with timber material and it was placed in a diagonal pattern, and the arch openings were shaped in different sizes and arranged irregularly on the wall. These expressions gave an dynamic visual effect to the people walking around the path, and they also reinforced the uniqueness of the wall specific to the site. This long one-piece wall was presented as a stable background in the site that is tying all the street scenes together and making the identity of the project appreciable.