This office block is a 40-year-old modernistic architecture. Original elements like window frames and staircase handles are kept and repainted white to allow the building’s story unfold quietly through the pale traces of time. Brass is used as the design language to express the Old Shanghai theme. All signage, door frames and decorations are made of brass to revitalize the space as well as to gently manifest the unique charm of Old Shanghai. Outside the window are typical old Shanghai-styled houses. The retro design exactly links up the worlds in- and outside the building. Also, since this Chinese corporate client often meet with foreign guests, Chinese details are designed to reflect its cultural background and values, such as marble tea table, peony-shaped carpet symbolizing “prosperity”, and brass hanging decoration that signifies “balance”.