LAB7

The Studio as a Dynamic Workplace

Leisure
Advertisers, stylists and image consultants play a key role in the careers of the world’s most recognized celebrities. Behind the enhanced image of an actor or actress in a movie, there is always a great stylist. On this subject, film directors are usually advised by professional stylists that work in glamorous studios where the best clothes, styles and personal images are crafted. As Christian Dior wrote in his autobiography: “Studios are capable of deciphering the hieroglyphs of fashion”.

Designed by Latitude, Lab7 is a studio where garments and attires can be selected, tried and adjusted, all in a single space. Designed without ordinary workstations, the studio is a dynamic space where multiple confluences meet. Here, a team of stylists interprets the wishes of film directors and artists, understands their ambitions and desires, and becomes familiar with the general aesthetics pursued.

The “magic box” located at the center of the 450 m2 site delivers the perfect environment to test and evaluate garments, providing light walls and two stages to the north and south of the structure. During these tests, fabrics, embroidery and all the elements that make up finished attires are defined and attributed. With this in mind, the magic box is designed as a bespoke jeweler, a three-dimensional structure made of golden steel that frames a workspace. This structure can be kept completely clear, used as a shelf or equipped with acrylic panels. It dynamically creates walls and ceilings, allowing a dialogue between internal and external elements.

The lightness of the steel structure rests in solid terrazzo-like flooring presented in two gray tones.

At the center of the magic box, a large white marble table on a copper-toned base functions as a meeting area, workstation and gathering point serviced by a utility room located on the north side. Around it, the sewing workshop is found to the left, where lines and materials for the garments are produced, while actors and actresses are prepared in the makeup area. To the south, the archive and meeting rooms use the steel structure of the magic box to accommodate books, portfolios and art pieces. On the north section, a living room connected to a skylighted garden welcomes visitors to comment on projects in a customizable environment.

Along with the meeting and living rooms, the sewing workshop and the archives, a photography studio, a reception and a storage room complete the areas surrounding the magic box. The studio is used to photograph actors and actresses with their attires on as a final test. The magic box grants access from the main reception area that also doubles as an exhibition space. Its floors and walls are composed of stone tiles that provide a feeling of gravity as a counterpart to the lightness of the golden steel structure.

Lab7

动态工作空间

在世界公认名流们的一生中,广告人、造型师及形象顾问担负着举足轻重的作用。影片中男女演员光鲜靓丽的形象后面,总有着一位伟大的造型师。在这一问题上,电影导演通常会听取专业造型师建议,在富丽堂皇的工作室工作,打造最佳服装、风格与个人形象。正如Christian Dior自传所述:“工作室足以解码时尚符号。”

Lab7工作室系纬度建筑倾力打造,可一站式挑选、试穿和调整精美服饰的空间。工作室没有配置普通工作站,却被处理成一个汇集多种功能的动态空间。在这里,造型小组成员认真倾听和诠释电影导演与艺术家们的野心与意愿,对大众美学追求了然于心。

“魔盒”位于这座450平方米的场地中央,为测试和评估服装提供了一个绝佳环境。建筑物两侧分别设有轻质墙及南、北两个舞台。测试时,面料、刺绣及构成服装成品的一切元素均在此得以敲定和分类。故此,魔盒构思为定制珠宝盒,采用三维立体金色钢结构规划出工作空间。该结构完全保持透明,用作搁架或配备亚克力板。打造颇具动感的墙壁和天花板,内外元素对话自然流畅。

轻盈的钢结构固定在实心水磨石地板之上,呈现出两种不同的灰色调

魔盒中央,摆放着一张大大的黄铜底座白色大理石桌,用作会议区、工作台以及集会点。北侧配有一间杂货室提供服务。环顾四周,左面设有制作服装辅材缝纫间;男女演员在化妆区等候。南面开辟为档案室和会议室,利用魔盒钢结构来放置容纳书籍、档案与艺术品。在北部,起居室通过天窗与花园相连,欢迎来访者对定制环境中开展的项目进行品鉴。

会议室、起居室,缝纫间、档案室、影像工作室、接待台以及储存室一起完美打造出魔盒周边区域。工作室用作男女演员身着服装最终试镜拍摄的场地。经过魔盒可进入主接待区,并兼作展示空间。地面与墙壁采用石砖铺设,与轻盈的金色钢结构遥相呼应,散发出一种地心引力的感觉。

Location: Beijing, China
Year: 2017 ~ 2018
Type: Commission
Status: OnGoing
Client: LAB7
Program area: 450 m2
Budget: 200,000 €
Service: Interiors
Sector: Leisure
Architects: Latitude Architectural Group
Principal Architect: Manuel N. Zornoza
Project Architect: Andrea Ramos Rodriguez
Team (A~Z): María Díaz Martín, Mario Sebastián González, Li Xueying