How does design affect the economy？
As one of the important birthplaces of Chinese civilization， the Zhujiang River Basin was planned as the vanguard spearheading the reform and opening-up policy due to its profound culture heritage and great foundation of industry. Because of cost advantages in labor and land， the Zhujiang River Delta has become the “World’s Factory”.
Around 2000， with the development of the economy， this region gradually lost its labor cost advantage and faced the shortage of usable land. For this reason， most labor-intensive industries began to move to the surrounding remote mountainous areas or Southeast Asia， and its original equipment manufacturing (OEM) market gradually declined in the next few years.
Nowadays， the Zhujiang River Delta has been included into the development blueprint of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area， and is embarking on the road of establishing a modern industrial system based on manufacturing. In such context， it‘s necessary for local OEM manufacturers to upgrade and build themselves into OEM brands.
代加工企业作为 To B 的制造业，处于市场的幕后，相较于 To C 企业，其品牌意识较弱。其次，因依赖于产业集群的基础设施，这类企业的生产办公建筑，多以当初最基础的刚需建筑在一个地方聚集成群，每家企业都别无二致。
OEM manufacturers are B2B companies， which are not in the frontier of the market and are mostly lack of brand awareness comparing to B2C enterprises. Besides， due to high dependence on the infrastructure of industrial clusters， the production and office buildings of every OEM companies are mostly situated together.
In the era that emphsizes brand and appearance， enhancing brand image and communicating brand information have become important strategies in business competition for both individuals and companies. Masanori Designs， an exceptional Chinese design practice， believes that the architectural space is the best media to directly and profoundly communicate corporate brands to the audience through providing multisensory experiences.
In recent years， Masanori Designs has been committed to upgrading brand for manufacturing companies. Through shaping brand power， as well as injecting energy into the brand with design， art and aesthetics， it strives to maximize the value of commercial design and facilitate the development of clients. Brand matters in competition， and there is no exception for OEM industry. Hence， it’s important for OEM enterprises to establish brand awareness and improve their brand image.
Chengyuan Garment is a Chinese OEM company specializing in manufacturing young people‘s fashionable apparel， which is located in Shaxi Town owthe garment processing and production base of Zhongshan， Guangdong.
This project is the renovation of an office building in the headquarters of Chengyuan Garment， approached by Masanori Designs. The business owner is a young entrepreneur. She hoped the renovated building to satisfy more functional demands， fit the trend of the times， rejuvenate the factory， and convey the company’s brand management philosophy of advancing with the times and pursuing quality and internationalization.
改造难点Difficulties in renovation
The factory area is small and lacks landscape， so the first consideration should be the creation of natural environment.
The old look of the 20-year-old factory building was far away from meeting the current functional demands and aesthetic trends.
· Spatial reconstruction
There was a lack of integrity among interior spaces and levels， which couldn‘t meet the requirements of office use.
The factory area where the office building is located is small， and there was originally no greenery. During the renovation， Masanori Designs created a micro landscape formed by a pool， a fountain， green plants and a stone bench. By recreating the ecological environment of the site， the designers built a connection between the factory and nature and injected new vitality into it.
They demolished the iron parking shed on one side of the office building， and then brought natural landscape and artistic aesthetic in， forming a visually pleasing view. It adds tranquility to the factory environment， and provides a place for people to escape from the daily noise， relax and get close to nature.
A fountain flows through the wall and rushes into the square pool， full of rhythm. Green plants are interspersed within this area， and the rectangular gray stone stool echoes the straight lines of the pool， together producing an enchanting scene. The simple color palette harmoniously integrates with the neat lines of the architecture， which generates a soothing and calming ambience.
In order to subtly integrate the landscape into daily life， the designers didn’t adopt a traditional entrance path to the office building. They set the entrance on the left side of the building. Before entering into it， people must pass through the entrance and then traverse the pool landscape， so that they can immerse themselves into the tranquil natural view and obtain inner peace.
一层的入口与水池之间隔着 L 型走道，在此上方加建成二层的 L 型露台，也把一层的走道变成了景观廊道。露台的围栏和底板与入口室内的天花颜色一致，同时形成有体量感的建筑体块， 拉长了视觉纵深感。
The entrance of 1F is connected to the pool by an L-shaped walkway， above which a same-shaped terrace was added. In this way， the walkway on 1F was turned into a landscape veranda. The floor slabs and the fence of the 2F terrace utilized the same color as the ceiling of the entrance space on 1F， which forms a building block with a sense of volume and lends a visual depth.
The L-shaped terrace and the fence enclose an open-air atrium， so that the natural landscape on the first floor can be shared with the second floor， and the spatial structure therefore becomes more transparent. The terrace also allows more natural air to filter into the interior space on 2F.
L 型露台外侧，黑色钢板从建筑主体一直延伸到水池尽头，与 L 型露台闭合，拼成一个“回”字。原建筑、新建的露台和水池构成一个整体，显现一气呵成的建筑美感，外观与气质也契合国际美学时尚。
On the outside of the L-shaped terrace， a black steel plate extends from the main body of the building to the end of the pool and meet with the L-shaped terrace to form a hollow square. The original building， the newly built terrace and the pool are combined into a whole， presenting the architectural beauty of integrity. The appearance and temperament of overall architecture are in line with international aesthetic fashion.
The exterior walls are finished with dark gray and coral red paint， which generates a contrasting， dynamic and stylish visual effect. Different color blocks correspond to different functional zones， and the large colored surfaces highlight the architecture‘s sense of volume. The architectural appearance shakes off the traditional image of manufacturing companies， which is stylish， more like an “art factory”. It stands out in the surrounding built environment， and conveys the company’s spirit of advancing with the times and fashion taste.
There is a transitional space from the outside to the interior， which lets the brief serenity brought by the outside landscape continue into the space. Designed with the concept of “dressing room”， it has the features of a trendy clothing space and also provides fun sensory experiences.
The office area accommodates multiple functions such as working and display in an open layout， and has a clear circulation route that links all functional divisions. The simplistic and tasteful office furniture fits into human scale， and enables the company to keep up with international aesthetics.
The vertical spatial relationship was also rearranged. The stairs were originally enclosed by a staircase hall， which made the space of 1F and 2F relatively separated. In order to change this， the designers demolished the walls enclosing the staircase， so that it was blended into the space in an open manner， becoming an important corner of the entire space.
Meanwhile， the floor behind the stairs was opened to form an imposing hollow space and thereby to make the interior spaces of the two floors blend into one， which creates a refreshing spatial experience with a rich sense of rhythm.
In addition， the staggered interior surfaces and varying light also make experiences in the space unique.
Light is the breath of nature. The enclosed structure of the original building was opened to maximize the introduction of natural light into the interior， which subtly turns the daylight into a natural interior decoration as well. The light changes throughout the day and interacts with the architectural space， generating a more comfortable， free and natural ambience.
The public negotiation area is close to the front desk. Its original exterior walls were removed and replaced with perforated aluminum sheets. From bottom to top， the size of holes on the sheets increases gradually. The sun shines through the holes， and casts mottled light and shadows on the interior floor and white walls， looking like blooming flowers. In winter， the light spots move more actively within the space， which makes the interior awash with warmth.
In order to enable more interaction between light and the interior， daylight openings are positioned strategically in the space and are supplemented with greenery. The solid wall next to the staircase was changed into a “wall + glass” structure， which allows natural light to better flow into the space and also visually extends the striking coral red color of another wall beside the stairs by reflection of the glass.
建筑感的延续Continuation of the sense of architecture
As approaching the interior， the design team not only focused on binging in nature and optimizing the comfort of space， but also worked to enhance flexibility and interweaving in the interior by adopting architectural thinking.
The old gray and white staircase was renovated， with a simplistic marble slab penetrating it horizontally. The reception desk and the water bar area respectively at the front and rear of the staircase are connected， together forming an L shape that extends all the way to the void space behind the stairs. The front desk， the pantry， the operation desk and the negotiation area are linked in a smooth and playful way， which brings people closer to each other.
The stairway and the wall surface in the hollow space are clad in the same coral red paint as the building facade， which extends the sense of architecture from exterior into indoor space whilst blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior.
此次升级改造，通过营造厂区景观、调整建筑与周围环境的关系、室内空间协调性及与自然的联系，多维度地为客户重塑品牌的张力与活力。让每个到访企业的 To C 企业主都能在这个空间体验到与自身企业同频率的品牌格调。
Through creating landscape， adjusting the relationship between the architecture and its surroundings， coordinating interior spaces as well as establishing dialogue with nature， Masanori Designs reshaped the client‘s brand image and enhanced its brand power， which enables every B2C company owner who comes to visit to feel a familiar sense of brand.
Project name： Chengyuan Garment Office Building
Project area： 285 m2
Project location： Zhongshan， China
Design firm： Lucien Organization – Masanori Designs
Chief designer： Terry Xu
Design team： Huang Zuanquan， Huang Weiqi， Dai Jiahuan
Construction drawing detailing： CHL
Decoration design： Lucien Soft Decoration
Main materials： paint (TOA)， cement tile (Florina)， polycarbonate sheet， perforated aluminum sheet
Material supplier： Grepoo Material Trade
Original furniture brand： Masanori Art
Design time： April 2019
Photography： Ouyang Yun