Although light is untouchable, you still immerse yourself in it.
Although you forget to look up at the starlit sky, light still shines on you after travelling through the vast universe aeons ago.
As you see, light is common but captures the imagination. Everyone can see light, and there is a beam of light within themselves.
As Gunnar Berkalides said, “There is no space without light.” The effect of lighting plays an important role in humans‘ visual function. However, as the condition of indoor lighting, light is a basic element in expressing spatial form and creating environmental atmosphere in daily life.
In the project of Grasp Light, light is taken as the soul. The designer focused on creating unlimited potentials in the limited space through integrating points, lines and planes in virtue of the uniqueness of light.
Due to obvious pertinence and functionality of the office space, it is necessary to consider the environmental influences on people in the space design. The office space shall neither be monotonous and lazy nor intense and irritative. Under this premise, there is an opportunity for light and line of beauty to show their abilities.
In the public reception area and leisure area at the entrance, the designer draws a smooth curved modelling with linear light. Curved rays of light and shadows set off each other, showing concise, elegant and balanced office style, releasing a relax, comfortable and positive work atmosphere, comforting employees visually, awakening employees’ self-awareness mentally and encouraging employees to work hard and pursue excellence.
In the space of integrating light and shade, the curves created by light capture the imagination like a sand clock： physical sand clock is visible with bottom, while the sand clock of time is invisible without bottom, implying that time is flying silently.
By comparing with visible space, time is invisible. The designer injects time into the space with light curves skillfully, so that people seemingly see the flow of time. Through this design showing ingenuity, employees and visitors can know the importance of highly valuing time under the guidance of light. We fail to take back the time wasted but are able to grasp it again.
Of course, there is a deeper meaning behind the curve modelling of light. Curves are more flexible than straight lines and full of changes, representing that the lives are full of ups and downs without shortcut and implying that the aspirant lives are more beautiful and magnificent than plain lives.
Skills are showed in usual places, and details determine success or failure. The channel from the tea room to the rooftop adopts the glass step stairs, which increases natural daylighting. While walking up the stairs, the artificial light from the office space is in transition to the natural outdoor light, which is like a search for the significance of work and the true meaning of life. Upon stepping on the rooftop, employees will be suddenly enlightened while breathing in natural light and having a sunbathe.
During the design, a consideration must be made from the perspective of customers. However, it is undoubted that light is the effective and cheap design method for clients.
Therefore, in the overall design of the project, the layout of dynamic-static separation is adopted. The office area facing the south mainly depends on natural light, while atmosphere is created through light in the public area facing the north, which realizes excellent effect and meets customers‘ expectation of cost. The natural and artificial light is integrated like the dream and reality, which reminds every visitor that you can have a bright future with pursuits and hopes as a special ray of light.
In Bible, after creating the world, the God said： “We need light! Light brings the difference between day and night. There are other species due to light.” It is shown that light is life and hope.
In this project, light is a soul in addition to a design element. The designer creates a dream about pursuits and hopes for the space. Light is still spotless after penetrating the polluted clouds and foul smells. Let’s pursue the light in your heart and do not forget your original intention!
Project Name: Grasp Time
Location: Suzhou, China
Design Company: Suzhou Thinker Interior Design
Chief Designer: Zefeng Dong
Assistant Designer: Jianhai Huang
Area: 2700 square meters
Cost: 1.8 million
Design Cycle: April 2020
Completion time: October 2020
Main Materials: metal, glass, stone, wood, paint
Client Name: Lihao Xu
Photographer: Cheng Pang