It’s said in Tao Te Ching that Tao models itself after nature… nature can last forever! All the pursuits of wonderful things in the future come from the pursuits of nature and the fantasy of future.
If space exists in the architecture, conversely, can architecture grow in the space? Space and architecture are intermingled and contain each other here. Natural factors are embellished, filling the space with air and sunshine. This design attempts to make people talk to architecture, make architecture talk to space, and make space talk to nature so as to create a situational combination of architecture, nature and space.
Space can be regarded as a visional pattern formed by the inverse of a real one to illustrate the relative relations between the visional and the real as well as the positive and the negative, the space formed after the inversion of the real pattern becomes a space being carved. The space and walls are stratified, divided, sliced, and redistributed; the space, in this process of dispersion and reorganization, forms a meaningful and expressive space; meanwhile, it expresses the subtle relationship between incompleteness and completeness as well as the real pattern and visional pattern through three colors, black, white and gray.
HEGFOUND is a tile brand with a long history based in Foshan. The first floor of its headquarters is nearly six meters high; this is an excellent advantage that we fully utilize to transform the space with architectural language and build a duplex space through the inserts of several empty boxes so as to make the space full of three-dimensional properties of the building. The spatial geometries corresponding to various functions are interwoven in the empty space so that the space and people form a dialogue with tension, and the uniqueness of the space is completed. The public area of an enterprise is an extremely open space. The casual coffee bar surrounded by open staircases, waterscape, trees and artistic installations allow guests and staff to relax, communicate and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air of the nature. In addition, the empty boxes on the second floor are turned into negotiation rooms in consideration of privacy and commanding broad vision.
The negotiation rooms are particularly processed in design; cantilevered boxes with oblique cutting design are taken as the architectural structure so that the space is unique and rich in tension. Sectorial stair space is connected with the box structures on the left and right to make the space interlace and echo with each other. The warm wood material and the cold marble floor collide with each other as if they are not a man-made structure. The boxes are suspended in the air through roof welding, subverting people’s conventional feeling of mechanics!
Besides the aesthetic feeling on the space, what is more important for a commercial space is the regeneration and utilization rate of functions; each corner should have its unique use value, the attributes and characteristics of the space should be made full use, the stairs are turned into a terrace classroom for informal meetings, small salons, a public book bar, or a small theater……
Special materials are used to continue the characteristics of architectural design, glittering and translucent crystal bricks and white marble bricks are mixed to form a natural screen in order to block the direct sunlight from the west. Green plants are placed at the back, the strong sunlight shines on the crystal wall in the afternoon through the trees and create a unique and dreamy scene through the refraction effect of the crystal wall. The structure of the shimmering stainless steel ceiling changes with the force of light and auxiliary of art so that the fusion degrees of light also make a difference, it changes the atmosphere of the whole space through delicate tonal change during the alternation of day and night.
“The sunlight is shining on the water through the trees, and moose are walking leisurely…” Romantic means are used in the leisure space of the lobby to present a natural oxygen bar atmosphere. Large area of green plants and the water surface created by corrugated stainless steel make the trees more profound through the mirror reflection. The broadness and delicacy collide and enhance with each other, extending the wonderful flowing atmosphere as well as the harmony between human beings and nature. The designers bring the scenes into the rooms and create an encounter with the sense of life for the visitors; the light and shadow produced from the specific wall add radiance to the flexible lines, meditative mind, bright moon and mottled shades, and increase an elegant taste.
Italian architect Bruno Zevi pointed out in The Modern Language of Architecture that in modern architectures, interior space is realized by light and solid (modeling), and people’s perception and experience of space are completed with the participation of light and the entity elements that form space. In other words, light is an essential part of interior design, as a special medium, it plays an important role in creating space atmosphere. Proper light processing can better perceive space and arouse its space resonance. The ingenious use of natural lighting can establish a connection between the indoor and outdoor landscapes, and improve the interactions between the space and the natural outdoor landscapes.
In real life, what people dream amid the hustle and bustle of reinforced concrete cities is a clean place that hides from the world. And a creative backyard is just the right trial to realize this ideal. The urban courtyard made using elegant cement bricks and simple wood builds a place to get rid of fickleness and purify the soul. The enclosed leisure area on one side of the courtyard is comfortable with the oven placed outdoor, giving people warmness. This is the original intention for the creation.
The selection area centers on product display for the narrative made through a sequence of sparse-and-dense geometric blocks. The relatively complex yet rich asymmetric space finds its balance point in the spatial dimension, creating the unique artistic form of the space in terms of the relationship between the spatial volume and the dense geometric block forms. When it comes to the treatment of details, the seams, edges, and proportions of the material are carefully sculpted, designed, and refined. To pursue quality represents the sense of respect shown to architecture users. Metals like the low-key brass appear in the space, contributing to varied changes of the interior serenity. The wood and stone are used to warmly and meticulously express the space.
Project name: HEGFOUND Headquarters
Project type: Working & exhibition space
Location: No. 29, Taobo Avenue, Nanzhuang Town, Chancheng District, Foshan, China
Chief designers: Wang Zhike & Li Xiaoshui
Design firm: FOSHAN TOPWAY DESIGN
Project area: 1,800 sqm
Start time: November 2018
Completion time: April 2019
Main materials: CHOIMER paint, HEGFOUND tiles, KD boards
Photography: Ouyang Yun