Since the Bauhaus, modernism has swept all aspects of human life, and the glory of the classical era is gone forever. How to preserve the essence of lost history in modern society is an interesting topic.
R&F Yingtai office project is founded by a young designer who came back from the United States as a customization of wedding-dress studio. This industry is a mixture of traditional craft and modern design, which inspired the designer‘s creative inspiration.
Designer Li Mingjin makes a modernist interpretation of the classical dome structure of the Renaissance. In the contemporary urban office building, there is a sonnet echoed by humanism.
The beauty of arc
The dome is the most iconic architectural structure of the Renaissance, which can be seen in the cathedrals of the European continent. As a product of the epistemology of square earth with a round sky above, the dome represents the sky and the sacred.
The enclosed dome shape is very beautiful in geometry. It is good at creating immersive atmosphere, extending the inner spirit of the building and combining with the concept of modern design.
The original design of R&F Yingtai office is very straightforward. People standing at the door can have a panoramic view of the space, which can not meet the space needs of a creative studio.
Inspired by the arc shape of the dome, the designer made an arc wall at the door to resist the industrial feeling of the modern office building with curves. The arc wall and brand display wall divide the space, create the moving line and aesthetic feeling of the winding path, and build a facade space to display the brand and products. The brand positioning of the studio is clear at a glance.
Behind the brand display wall is the creative workshop and display window.
New works can be displayed here; When the model demonstrates the works, the moving line of between the brand wall and the arc wall forms a small T-stage, which has both form beauty and function.
Dome and image
There is not much space in the studio.The designer uses glass as partition to form the independence and integrity of different functional spaces, and at the same time, retains the transparency of the space to the maximum extent.
When night falls, the glass reflects the scenery and lighting outside the window, and a section of the bustling metropolis comes into view. In the quiet and leisurely atmosphere, the relationship between people and the environment has been the biggest reconciliation, and the poetic romance of humanism arises spontaneously.
Cotton/ramie fabric sofa, solid wood chair and nostalgic PJ chair, the designer hopes to integrate more natural and simple elements into urban life, fight against modern machinery and coldness, and touch the softest part of people’s heart.
The one fifth dome arch leading to the conference room is the punchline of the office. The dome is not only to alleviate the irregular space, but also to construct a classical interior landscape.
The designer uses artistic paint to present realistic and nostalgic metal texture, and under the background of micro cement,there is an illusion of time rebirth. It is reminiscent of the magnificent golden dome of the Cathedral of San Sofia. The simple geometric shape brings back to moderntime on the other hand, which gains a great interest.
Using the reflection principle of the glass surface, the complete appearance of the dome is revealed.
The spirit of the classical era is shining in the sunset. It‘s like dreaming back to the monastery of the Renaissance, and a dialogue through divinity is unfolding.
Order and rhyme
The simple and heavy cement wall extends to the cabinet in the office, emphasizing the natural and original texture. Rough materials and exquisite urban lifestyle form a dramatic contrast and enhance the spatial tension.
With the help of the traditional design theory of “The Blank”, the designer leaves space above and below the cabinet. It not only strengthens the three-dimensional sense of the structure, but also has a backward and extended visual effect, which makes the sense of space more profound.
The black revolving doors are used as partition to divide two spaces flexibly. The office and the creative workshop are independent of each other and can be exchanged as one if necessary. The rhythmic doors are like the high columns in the church, which give the spiritual sense of space ritual and sacred beauty.
When a small conference is held, models travel through the doors, from the creative workshop to the office, to the circular arc wall and dome wall. The office becomes the center of the T-stage, the sofa and the conference room become the first-class seats of the immersive performance.
Project name：Humanistic narration of modern dome, R&F Yingtai Office/ Guangzhou
Design company：Mindkind design
Soft Furnishing team：CITE design
Construction company：Yihe Construction
Design team：Dongjin Li、Jianrong Zhuang、Shen Liao
Completion time：September 2020
Project photography：Bin Zhao
Main material：Glass、Art paint、Micro cement、The steel plate