“Whenever he was en route from one place to another, he was able to look at his life with a little more objectivity than usual. It was often on trips that he thought most clearly, and made the decisions that he could not reach when he was stationary.”
― Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
Located within an ex-industrial campus in Shanghai’s Jing’an District, the project brief entails the adaptive reuse of the upper floor of an old factory building. Neri&hu regards projects like this as exciting opportunities to celebrate the urban mundane; even buildings which are not designated with historic value have great potential and should be treated with respect. After peeling back any built up layers from decades of renovations, the core essences of the original building’s character are revealed. Its concrete structural framework forms the main space, while a series of existing skylights remain a key source of natural light.
The overarching design concept for the fit-out is inspired by the “nomad,” or the idea of lacking fixedness. Owing to the nature of client RED PLUS’s work in fashion and media, the design brief called for flexible working spaces. Much like the itinerant populations that move between cities to offer specialized services, the people working for and with this agency needed their spaces to transform according to various scenarios. Work surfaces may fold down at the two windows to become extra desks, meeting rooms have glass that may be transparent or opaque depending on the use, panels alongside the walls may slide for different privacy or lighting settings, and the central space has a projection surface that may be lowered to transform it into a screening room.
改造后的工作室空间可以根据不同的场景设定而灵活多变。这既体现了“游牧性”与“不固定性”的设计概念，也呼应了RED PLUS在时尚及媒体领域的创意工作属性。如今的创意人才穿梭于不同城市之间，提供专业服务，不再受限于地理位置或物理空间。类比而言，往来于RED PLUS的不同人群，也需要根据具体情况而灵活地改变工作空间。翻折于窗户上的台面可以放下来成为办公桌；会议室的玻璃窗能够根据使用场景在透明与不透明之间自由切换；沿墙而置的金属移门满足了不同程度的隐私和照明需求；中央公共空间的投影幕布徐徐降下，形成一个阶梯式的放映剧场。
With the strength of the building’s original character revealed, any additions to the space are carefully applied in layers that allow what is behind to coexist, inhabiting the liminal space between past and present. Not only are many of the panels operable, but the materials themselves suggest a state of flux. Brushed stainless steel and frosted glass give an ethereal presence, reflecting the surroundings that are constantly changing. Galvanized steel and mesh are intentionally utilized for their instable nature, the gradual corrosion and color shift over time. To complete the design, Neri&hu was also responsible for the custom design of many of the furniture pieces, including the desks, task chairs, and lamps.
Partners-in-charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Associate: Siyu Chen
Design team: Jerry Guo, Kenneth Qiao, Jinghan Li, Ath Supornchai, Kany Liu, Greg Wu
Interior design: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
FF&E design and procurement: Design Republic
Shanghai Idea Mechanics Interior Designers Contractors
Materials, Products and FF&E Suppliers
· Interiors – Materials: Terrazzo, Galvanized sheet, Stainless steel, Glass, Mesh
· Interiors – Furniture, Specified: Utility office chair by Stellarworks, table b 150-concrete by BD barcelona, Em table by Vitra
“Whenever he was en route from one place to another, he was able to look at his life with a little more objectivity than usual. It was often on trips that he thought most clearly, and made the decisions that he could not reach when he was stationary.” ― Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky “每每踏上旅途，他便得以更客观地审视自己的生活。他总是能在旅途中保持清醒，并做出平时无法做出的决断。” ― 保罗·鲍尔斯，《遮蔽的天空》 Located within an ex-industrial campus in Shanghai’s Jing’an...
- Year 2022
- Work finished in 2022
- Client RED PLUS
- Status Completed works
- Type Corporate Headquarters / Interior Design