Constantin Brodzki's Modernist Building Transformed into Co-Working Spaces with James Bond Vibe
Going East has reconstructed a most iconic building in Belgium into a co-working office. Located in Brussels, Fosbury & Sons transforms the headquarters building of Constantin Brodzki's CBR Modernist cement company built in the 1970s. The architecture of this building is certainly not like an ordinary office building, this old building looks attractive with a distinctive facade and has 756 dramatic oval-shaped windows with curved prefabricated concrete panels.
This old building looks attractive with 756 oval-shaped windows on the façade
The reconstruction and renovation process is focused on interior spaces, designed by Michiel Martens and Anais Torfs from Studio Going East that aim to create an atmosphere inside the space that feels like a hotel or residence rather than feeling like an office. Michiel Martens admitted to facing challenges in the process of working on this building, that’s how to make each floor feel special with the aim of each user feeling happy and comfortable when in the room but still maintaining the original character of the building.
The interior of Fosbury & Sons
The concrete pillars and walls were deliberately left exposed and perfected with decorations by Florian Tomballe
Some interior elements are custom-made as part of the design, such as marble tables, concrete stairs, wooden furniture, and lighting, one of them a chandelier. The interior elements applied are expected to add perfection to the room, such as furniture that uses wood materials and upholstered sofas that increasingly make the atmosphere of the room feel warm and comfortable, pillars and concrete walls deliberately left exposed perfected by greenery decoration give a natural impression and gives coolness in the room.
Chandeliers are specially designed to add perfection to Fosbury & Sons
In addition to private office space and shared office space, Fosbury & Sons has luxurious facilities. There is plenty of space throughout this building. For example, the lobby and bar on the ground floor become the perfect place to work and meet people in a pleasant environment and trigger worker productivity. The Co-working also provides 15 best meeting rooms, an auditorium capable of accommodating 75 people with a large screen and there is a bar and restaurant on the 8th floor with beautiful views of the Sonian forest. Overall, Fosbury & Sons can accommodate up to 600 workers and 250 companies, which retained the characteristics of the original building in appreciation to Constantin Brodzki.
Relaxing sofa with white cloth dressing
Floor plan of Fosbury & Sons
All-White Store in Shanghai Inspired by Mountain Arches
A Chinese designer, Dong Tiantian, from Studio Mountain Soil Interior Design has developed the design of clothing store W.0311 located in Changning, Shanghai. The uniqueness of this clothing store is displayed through a minimalist facade. The most prominent thing in this shop is the arch on the structure of the building inspired by the shape of the mountain.
Building structure inspired by the shape of the mountain
In addition to the uniqueness of the façade and the shape of the building, this 150-square-meters store has elements that highlight its characteristics. One of the most contrasting of the façade and interior is the window with a unique abstract arch shape, and there are square doors that strengthen its characteristics so that the building looks attractive with the right composition.
Entrance W.0311 with an identity made of stainless steel
The height of the surrounding building makes the interior of Shanghai W.0311 not get the natural light of the sun, so on the roof added skylights that serve to maximize the natural light of the sun entering the room. Lighting is the main priority in this building, so white is chosen as a staple color that's applied throughout the room so that the room looks bright, clean, and spacious, besides white color is a solution for buildings with minimal lighting.
No less interesting, the interior of this all-white building has a unique ceiling shape with ceiling games made curved in the fitting room that makes the atmosphere of the room look different from other spaces. In addition, a circular partition is placed as a space separator. White color is also applied to the furniture that's minimalist and has many arches that aim to harmonize the building. The selection of storage on the display for clothing is also made curved with stainless material to give the impression of elegance and luxury.
Floor plan of W.0311
KeRa Designed Brooklyn Barbershop with Dual Functions, Includes a Coffee Shop
In Medan, there is a barbershop that collaborates with a barber room with a coffee shop. With a limited area of 70 square meters, KeRa Design had to rack its brains to design a room with dual function. In addition, the user with a different activity is also a problem for KeRa Design. Shaving your hair and brewing a glass of coffee are two very different things in terms of usability and spatial arrangement. Located in a densely populated residential area in Medan, a shop was transformed into a barbershop known as the Brooklyn Barbershop.
(Interior view of Brooklyn Barbershop)
The owner wants a barbershop that not only looks beautiful but should be comfortable. A barbershop that includes a coffee shop is a fresh idea for KeRa Design to expose every activity in the space. Finally, a concept was set to form the basis of the design of the Brooklyn Barbershop, which is designed with glass bulkheads to allow all activities to be open and have a good circulation rotation in confined spaces.
(Glass block on the façade)
(Glass block on the façade)
Brooklyn Barbershop is designed with a predominantly white interior with a façade that uses glass block material to bring out soft light from the interior, so it looks like a burning lantern. Maximum artificial light is applied in order to create a bright interior while being able to give an image of the barbershop and coffee shop with a sterile image. In addition, this artificial light is able to display interior elements that look to have maximum cleanliness. The exposed walls depict the freedom of every space user activity in the Brooklyn Barbershop.
The interior of Brooklyn Barbershop is equipped with minimalist furniture that is accommodated the needs of the space and its users. This is evidenced by the long table which is specially designed as a continuity between the barbershop and the coffee shop, but this table is insulated by the transparent tempered glass to separate the two functions of the space.
In addition, a special barbershop chair is also chosen in white and gray colors to harmonize the minimalist concept in the room. Interestingly, there is flexible furniture that is neatly stored in the storage, if it is issued, this furniture can include the needs of sitting with a table that is in accordance with ergonomics. This hidden furniture is a brilliant idea for a limited space so that the room does not feel cramped.
(Glass partition as a separator of barbershop and coffee shop)
Colorful Ceiling in Shanghai Subway Line 14 Yuyuan Station
Yuyuan Station located in Shanghai not only serves as public transport but also as a starting point for tours for visitors. This is a subway station so the condition of the structure on the station cannot be changed, such as walls, columns, and floor layers. This condition is a challenge for interior designers, XING DESIGN. In addition, the geographic Yuyuan station is located in the cultural landmark area, so cultural elements are inevitable in terms of design, this requires designers to be sensitive to existing cultural elements.
Shanghai Subway Line 14 Yuyuan Station
XING DESIGN combines Eastern and Western, historical, and contemporary styles for the design applied to Yuyuan Station on Shanghai Metro Line 14. This can be seen in the undulating ceiling that visualizes the illusion of the Huangpu river that is above this station. In addition, located in the underground of Shanghai city, the waveform on the ceiling of Yuyuan station creates a feeling as if visitors can feel the pulse of Shanghai city.
The undulating ceiling visualizes the illusion of the Huangpu river
Being one of the public transportation venues in the Yuyuan area and as a starting point for tours for visitors, the design elements on the ceiling of the station are designed to create an immersive art experience. With a lighting system that is open to the public, people can participate in the creation of forming public spaces in Shanghai.
Immersive art experience
To create a corrugated ceiling, Tens of thousands of aluminum panels are cut, bent, and spliced to create the perfect shape. The cultural elements in the station area become a guideline for XING DESIGN in designing buildings that are "obedient" to the surrounding culture. So the design team developed the roof shape of the Chinese Temple of Gods, which was applied at the end of the wave arch on the ceiling of Yuyuan station.
Inspired by the shape of the roof of the Temple of Gods
Complementing the beauty and dramatizing the ceiling, the LED lights applied present a variety of light effects. The light from the LED lights can change according to the moment or important event that is taking place. For example, the bright lights are red to commemorate the national day and spring festival in Shanghai. There is also a pink color designed to create the illusion of beautiful flower petals that bloom to commemorate Valentine's Day. Everything is arranged attractively so that anyone can dissolve into the atmosphere.
Overall, this Yuyuan station in Shanghai city applies various cultural elements subtly by blending contemporary styles.
Preset red mode
Preset pink mode
LED on the ceiling can bring a wider range of light effects