Coworking spaces such as SOHO 3Q WuJiaoChang are places that buzz with energy. Where the unexpected forms part of your daily agenda. For China’s millennials, the country’s largest demographic by far, they are work environments for new encounters – places where you can meet interesting people and create new things together. It is a way to come into contact with other talented people, mavericks, movers and doers, who could perhaps become your next coworkers or business partners. Our transformation of a Shanghai department store from the 1980s makes a stimulating contribution to this subject – and with it, to the future of the work environment. The client commissioning this project was SOHO China, the country’s largest private real estate developer, which has already made a name for itself with its spectacular construction projects.
▼SOHO五角場3Q外觀，exterior view of the SOHO 3Q WuJiaoChang
▼一層大堂概覽，內設一個夾層空間，中間的旋轉樓梯連接大廈各個樓層的公共空間，overview of the entrance hall with a mezzanine space, the spiral staircase connects all upper floors
▼一層空間局部，采用藍色和棕色的色調，設有不同形式的共享工作區，partial interior view of the first floor in the blue and brown colors with co-working areas in the different forms
▼一層共享工作區局部，采用木制墻面和藍色的座椅，配有白色橢圓形吊燈，partial view of the co-working area on the first floor with wood veneers, blue seatings and the elliptical white pendant lamp
▼一層共享工作區局部，采用水磨石地板，partial view of the co-working area on the first floor with the terrazzo floor
▼一層共享工作區局部，名人的藝術肖像點綴了整個棕色墻面，partial view of the co-working area on the first floor, decorating the brown wall with well-known personalities
▼從夾層看一層空間，木制樓梯空間可作為階梯式休息討論區，viewing the first floor from the mezzanine, wooden stairs space acts as stepped rest areas
China has an impressive number of young people with a drive to move things forward and a need for a modern and inspiring work environment from which to do so. At the same time, the country has a great deal of outdated building stock that no longer complies with today’s use and quality requirements. There is enormous potential in rediscovering and converting these large spaces for a new kind of use: the city’s unused building blocks are becoming revitalised and the new way of working together is finding an environment outside of conventional office typologies.
In Wujiaochang, a trendy district with numerous shopping malls near Shanghai University, the opportunity arose to transform a disused department store with 14,000 square metres and five levels into this kind of dynamic workspace. Via the two-level campus on the ground floor, the energy of the coworking space connects with the pulse of the city. The campus forms the centrepiece of the building: a two-level community hub designed for business talks, presentations, formal and spontaneous meetings, and a place to have coffee. A new spiral staircase makes a bold sculptural gesture, connecting all upper floors and ensuring that creative community life continues on every level.
▼從上向下看大堂中間的旋轉樓梯，looking down view of the new spiral staircase in the center of the entrance hall
On each of the five levels, users are welcomed in a central reception area. Around the reception area is grouped a diverse array of communication areas: small and large conference rooms, cafeterias and more concentrated work spaces, such as small conference niches, alcoves and acoustically shielded telephone booths. Separate private offices in denominations of two to 30 workstations offer an easily scalable, flexible work environment for a total of 2.500 people.
▼上層辦公區域，設有圓形的白色前臺空間，the upper office areas with the white central reception area
▼上層辦公區局部，空間風格開敞，通透而自由，partial view of upper office areas, creating an easily scalable, flexible work environment
The design language mirrors the energy of the coworking ethos: terrazzo floors, open ceilings and wooden surfaces teamed with bold colours create an inspiring yet engaging atmosphere for a target group that is always on the move. In order to zone such a large area into identifiable spaces, each level is dedicated to a well-known personality, who effected a revolutionary change in perception in their particular field of endeavour: portraits of Ieoh Ming Pei, Steve Jobs, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison decorate the walls and give each level its unique identity. Individual graphic and colour concepts provide a further means of differentiation. The five levels thereby become work havens for your particular professional ambitions.
▼上層辦公空間局部，設有強調私密性的討論空間，適于小規模討論或者通話，partial view of the upper office areas with more concentrated work spaces, such as small conference niches, alcoves and acoustically shielded telephone booths © Sui Sicong