The Alchemist (Office) by Enoch Hui
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
Inspired from the story below:- “Once upon a time, an alchemist walked into a forest, he buried a bag of base metals under the moonlight. A tree that grew so big and strong in a couple of minutes that it reached up to heaven and could be seen from anywhere on earth. After that, he developed the elixir of life, which would confer youth and longevity.”
Our client’s business began as a metal trading company. Through years of diversification it has now become a leader in the trading of recycled metals and e-scraps. We have woven an organic “ribbon” around the working spaces which in turn defines circulation volume in between. The “ribbon” is composed of thousands of recycled timber planks that are hinged with recovered metal works, chained and anchored to the floor as if they magically grew out of the ground.
Design Challenges
The most challenging one was to persuade our client for this crazy office design idea especially in Hong Kong, usually the office tenants in Hong Kong stay at one office space for around 2 years and no one is willing to spend too much energy and time for designing an office. This case is exceptional.
Production Technology
Basically the whole space is formed by a series of recycled wood logs hanging from the ceiling with metal chains. Each intersected anchor point must be very accurate so we provided nearly 200 drawings for the contractor just for the production of the wooden feature.
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