8/51 PROJEKTE

Projekt: Crossboundaries’ Beijing New Office

Client:
Private
Location:
4 North Gongti Road, Bldg. 10, Electrical Research Institute Compound, Beijing, China
Program:
Office Buildings
Total Gross Area:
1500 sqm
Office Gross Area:
350 sqm (Crossboundaries' Office)
Time:
May 2014—March 2015
Status:
Completed
Architect:
Crosssboundaries, Beijing
Partners:
Binke Lenhardt , Hao Dong
Team:
Irene Solà
Photographer:
Xia Zhi

A former auditorium is transformed into lofty contemporary workspaces. Centered around an atrium, windows open into four offices spaces, extending the sense of the open floor plan. Inside mezzanine floors form voids with the original outer walls for circulation, air and light filtering from the skylights.

respecting the existing while introducing the new

Crossboundaries occupies one of the four created offices. The office is sitting under a new roof, evenly scattered with skylights, raised to allow space for a mezzanine level in the new program. The existing walls left bare, expose its past and new transformation, revealing a glimpse of the building's history hailing from the 50s.

Inside Crossboundaries office, the principal floor is an open meeting area. A service stripe with a pantry, storage room and a small meeting room runs parallel across the back of the office layered with movable pin boards. Above, the mezzanine is for working, the service stripe is here accommodating the material and reference library.