Block Office by Adrian Chan

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Block

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Office

INSPIRATION:
The 19th C. architectural style Prairie School often featured horizontal bands of windows and lines that would direct one’s attention to the horizontal, de-emphasizing the ceiling height. The functional blocks in this project manifest this idea; they achieve the objective of expanding the space while each serving essential functions such as food and beverage, printing etc. Where office space is at a premium, functionality becomes architectural device and ornamentation.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The client, an HR advisory & training firm, needed an office that could communicate openness and could facilitate different interactions from team huddles to training events. The space, however, presented some challenges: low ceilings (7 ft 4) and a small enclosure (41sqm). Referencing the Prairie School, cabinetry are conceived as a series of floating functional blocks embedded along a gallery-like wall inviting the occupant to follow along. Other areas then allow for flexible programming whilst maximizing spatial efficiency.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The space allows for flexible programming whilst maximizing spatial efficiency and privacy where needed: The entry foyer doubles as a reception, huddle space, training room and cocktail area; the backroom serves as storage for folding chairs and a private relaxation pod.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2019 and finished in June 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Materiality leans towards warm, textural and light finishes, with abundant usage of light oak, copper and calacatta marble. Materials chosen have been vetted based on sustainability certifications.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total area 41 square meters Ceiling height 7 ft 4 in

TAGS:
Office, Ceiling Height, Flexible Space, Prairie School, Cabinetry

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Thorough research was conducted to understand the business needs of the company. It was found that the office experienced fluctuations in occupancies due to working from home, itinerant workers/freelancers, and hosting of small to large scale events. As such, precedent research was conducted to derive spatial solutions that were relevant to each case/ occasion. Research was also conducted into historical styles where their principles could be applied where relevant.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge was space-planning in a small area and executing a design that could satisfy the various occupant needs of the client.

ADDED DATE:
2020-05-13 14:18:58

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Adrian Chan, Tracy Lam

IMAGE CREDITS:
Adrian Chan, 2020.

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.adroffice.com/hr-office
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Adrian Chan Design and Research Office

PROFILE:
Adrian Chan Design and Research Office (A:DRO) is a studio that strives to achieve aesthetic and usage ingenuity in the realm of interior design. We define ingenuity as inventive moves that embrace the various opportunities and constraints of a project to achieve an exceptional outcome. Aesthetic as a fundamental need for human beings to be in touch with beauty in their spatial environment. We don’t draw a line between the original and the trendy - the definition of beauty itself will arise naturally through mutual acknowledgement between the client and the designer based on cultural, perceptual and experiential concerns. Usage as the performative qualities of space, whether it be providing physical or emotional comfort, encouraging sociability or driving foot-traffic.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Block Office by Adrian Chan is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Block Office by Adrian Chan is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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