Hopson Law Department

The workspace defined around an atrium

Workplace
Rather frequently, large working spaces are organized as labyrinthine corridors. They are conceived either as open plans without properly identified areas or as consecutive private rooms that hardly foster communication. Every day, we spend large amounts of energy walking from A to B and back to A, feeling disoriented and sending e-mails to a person sitting just ten meters away from us.

In 2016, LATITUDE was commissioned to design a workspace of 1,100 square meters for the law department of Hopson Development Holdings, a renowned Chinese corporation. Trusting us with such an important endeavor, we approached the complex issue from the user’s point of view.

We analyzed the needs and desires of the staff, managers and directors, that is to say, all the people working together in the office space.

Furthermore, we considered the energy and effort spent in their daily routine, and carefully thought about how to improve the way they communicate and work together. As a result, we effectively reduced the time employees spend on circulation by dividing the space into three well-organized zones.
The central zone contains two staircases, facing the east and west zones respectively. Both staircases are located in a double-height atrium, the main element that determines the organization of the space. Vertical and horizontal lines use it as reference, providing intuitive readability to the totality of the space, and thus eliminating disorientation.
The mezzanine floor mainly provides open working areas for the staff and enclosed rooms for managers in the south wing. There is also an open corridor around the atrium that works as an informal space for social interaction.
The access floor contains workstations for the management in the central area of the atrium, which in turn is surrounded by meeting rooms. The later provide a space for interaction between the staff and the management that normally works at the enclosed rooms by the perimeter of the floor.
The reception and boardroom can be found north and south of the atrium respectively. Both rooms were designed as double-height spaces due to the importance of their representative functions.

COLORS PALETTE
The range of colors is limited to black, white and green, matched with materials such as marble, glass and carpets. This combination of colors and materials provides the workspace with a comfortable, yet elegant atmosphere. Concise spatial organization, clear location of diverse functional spaces, and a tailored design according to the user’s needs, deliver a comfortable experience at the workplace.
Eventually, employees working here spend less energy to communicate with each other and, at the same time, feel as part of a team sharing common endeavors.

合生法务部

围绕中庭打造别样工作场所

大型工作场所常常被设计成宛如迷宫般的廊道。要么是敞开式空间布局,没有恰当的识别区域;抑或是一连串封闭式房间,大大妨碍人们沟通交流。每天将大量精力耗费在从A点步行至B点再返回A点过程中,以及给与自己相距不过十米的同事发送邮件,人们对此甚感茫然。
2016年,受合生创展集团有限公司之委托,纬度建筑为其法务部设计了一个面积达1100平方米的工作场所。合生创展集团有限公司系中国一家知名房地产公司。被委以如此重任,我们从用户的角度出发,对项目进行了综合剖析。

我们透彻分析了员工、经理及董事们的不同需求,涉及在办公空间工作的所有员工。我们甚至对其日常工作中所耗费精力进行了考量,然后再认真思考如何改进他们协同合作和交流的方式。

最终,我们决定将整个空间分割为三个井然有序的空间,从而有效减少员工们耗费在流通过程中的时间。中央区包含两座楼梯,分别面向东区和西区。作为决定空间组织结构之关键元素,两座楼梯均位于双层层高的中庭。并以纵线和横线作为参照,赋予整个空间一种直观的通透性,以降低身处其间的迷失感。夹层为员工们提供了开放式的工作区域。密闭式经理室位于南翼。中庭四周设计了敞开式廊道,可用作社交互动的非正式空间。进入层中庭中央规划为管理层工作站,四周环布着多个会议室。会议室为管理层和员工之间沟通提供互动空间。他们通常在楼层四周的密闭式房间里工作。前台和董事会议室分别位于中庭北面和南面。鉴于其代表性功能之重要性,前台和董事会议室均设计为双层层高的空间。

色板
色彩选择局限于黑色、白色和绿色,并与诸如大理石、玻璃和地毯等原材料配搭。色彩与原材料的配搭为办公场所增添了舒适感和雅致氛围。
简洁大方的空间组织结构,各种各样功能空间的清晰定位,以及遵照用户需求量身定制的设计,共同营造出工作场所别样的舒适体验。尤为重要的是,员工置身其间,互动交流不再耗费大量精力;同时可以感受到作为团队成员,为着共同事业奋斗的喜悦与自豪。

Location: Beijing, China
Year: 2017 ~ 2018
Type: Commission
Status: Proposal
Client: Hopson Development Holdings
Program area: 1,100 m2
Budget: 500,000€
Service: Interiors
Sector: Workplace
Architects: Latitude Architectural Group
Principal Architect: Manuel N. Zornoza
Project Architect: Andrea Ramos Rodriguez
Team (A~Z): Manuel Coves Botella, Maria Diaz Martin, Efrain Redondo Castillo, Li Xueying, Wen Zhang
Online featurings:
AECCafe, 2018.03.08