For the shape of the whole space X+Living took inspiration from factory interiors – it dismissed the complex parts, but kept the most basic functional parts, which included practical compositions such as reaction tanks, energy delivery pipes and walking platforms for engineers.
X+Living demolished the floor slabs in the original two-storey space and turned it into a 9m-high space. X+Living restored the ground space with a minimalist approach and designed devices which offered new retail experiences in the reaction tanks.
X+Living reconstructed the floor slab in the 5m-high space which is interwoven with the reaction tanks that the company restored. These tanks now act as shared work as well as transportation platforms.
Energy delivery pipes are used throughout to hide wires and the cables of the air conditioning unit in a simple and refined way, in the purpose-built energy deliver pipes. The tubes are also used on the ground, as well as being used to create a series of tables and chairs which adds to the whole space a sense of layering and creates different sense of composition.
Clean and cool concrete is applied to depict the concise and efficient character of this space. And through vertical generatrix and sightlines, Design Director LI Xiang hoped to create a multifunctional composite office and commercial model, where where R&D staff can share the space with consumers.