Mohawarean - Al ObayyaEdit profile
Mohawarean / Al Obayya - Office Beijing, 250 m2 Located in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District, this office for the Mohawarean Group / Al Obayya Corporation is ideally located for the companies expansion into the Chinese marketplace. Strategically located in the city’s primary area of finance, media, and business services, the concept of the office design sets it apart from the competition. As innovative companies guiding clients through a path to success, the Mohawarean Group/Al Obayya office needed to reflect these principles while providing functional space supportive of the “Guanxi` principle of business in China. The guiding design concept strayed from the pre-conceived idea of how one might experience or feel in an office; instead, Gaston Carrio Architect focused on drawing clients and potential business partners into the space by appealing to one's own sense of awareness and stimulation of the sub-consciousness. The program included four offices, a meeting room, reception area, lobby/exhibit space, pantry and storage room. A hierarchy of architectural elements is presented throughout the space by considering a coherent circulation diagram. The meeting room area and subsequent office spaces are visually connected directly to the lobby space through the use of extensive glass which creates a more fluid and smooth visual transition to the core of office. The design required special attention to detail to maintain the idea of the office core and visual connection. To accurately execute the elements of the architectural vision, the design was translated into a specialized 3D software allowing a Shanghai composite company, Skyforce Composites LTD, to determine and assist with the necessary technical support for parts in the analysis. Specializing in the production of composite engineering materials for automobiles, yachts, ships and aerospace aircraft, Skyforce Composities LTD physically translated the vision of Gaston Carrio Architect’s using a resin transfer molding technique (RTM technology) to create the reception desk and lobby seating. Like the Chinese martial arts of Taijiquan and Hsingyiquan, these design elements are rooted in stillness yet differ in line and function. In the lobby, glass panes provide virtual division of space and allow for the creation of a semi-public circulation space and again diverging from the typical office corridor. Lighting is also hung to reflect movement and strength while showcasing a merger between art and architecture. A terracotta sculpture of an ancient Chinese warrior binds the old with the new by incorporating the history symbolism of being in Beijing into this sleek, modern space. A simple, but literal touch to the space, Gaston Carrio Architect considers the warrior a brush stroke over this structural 3D canvas.