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The project aims to create shared，flexible，comfortable and modern office spaces. The traditional office spaces that the original building provides were surrounded by all side, and an inner courtyard was set in the middle. The function and spaces were simply divided. Modern work pattern requires flexibility of spaces partition, diversity of functions, sharing activities and landscape.
The original frame structures are reserved in the new design, the functions and spaces are re-divided. The ground floor now is open and connected to the site with commercial and entertaining facilities. Newly divided office spaces are set on the upper floors, responding to sharing spaces and landscapes. The corridors added around the building connect the sharing spaces on every floor, make the circulation system a meander loop which is refer to as “the infinite corridors”.
The design retains the rough texture of concrete from the old architecture, coupled with steel structure corridors and wooden grilles that covering the whole building, resulting in the contrast between old and new materials. Modern design techniques form a new appearance. Wooden grilles harmonize surroundings and make the building more vibrant. The combination of glass box and external corridor generate the changes in volumes, breaking the original monotonous appearance.
Greening and waterscape inside the building combining with public spaces integrate the inside and outside. Using see-through grilles, opening holes and transparent glass curtain walls instead of solid walls blur the boundary between internal and external spaces, extend the interior space to the outside, so as to provide a more natural and open experience.
In order to break the traditional work pattern, sharing spaces are arranged on each floor, which create more flexibility for working space division and vague borders among working, circulation and public spaces. Meanwhile the vertical circulation enables people to wander around, thus enhancing the interest of the building.
The volumes are scattered on the top floor, the interior and exterior spaces infiltrated each other further by setting outside facilities such as roof garden, leisure seats and coffee bar, which increase the sense of meandering and the continuation of space.