In consideration of the rent and cost as a small architectural studio team, we found a space with an area of about 30 square meters for ourselves in the second half of last year as our office site in the next 3-5 years, so as to meet the possible office needs in these years.
I was keen on the small house at my first visit there. It was 2.88 meters wide, 8.7 meters deep, and 6 meters high, which appears narrow, long, high, and ventilated and well-lighted on both the north and south sides. We can imagine whether something indifferent will happen in this small space.
As the Party A of the project, we have listed such a design brief for ourselves according to the demand.
- About 8 permanent office staff
- About 4 temporary office workers
- Site for communication and reporting
- Space for holding small salons, lectures and exchange meetings for about 15 people
- With not influence to the discussion space of other office staff
- Space for temporary accommodation for 1 person
- Tea room with sink
- Open desktop for cutting handmade models
- storage space
- Space for thinking alone
- Living with green plants
How to integrate these functions in the space only with 30 m2? But without the sense of crowding and depressing?
According to the requirements of the design brief, the public office space for 8 people occupies a relatively large area. Therefore, this part of functions shall be arranged firstly. The 8.7-meter-long space is divided into two parts, the second half being taken as public office space.In order to satisfy so many functions in such a limited area, a local interlayer is the only way on the base of the vertical height of the site. Because of the existence of interlayer, it is necessary to place a staircase in the space to complete the upward process from the perspective of vertical height. In the process of graphic layout, we have been trying to minimum the area of stairs as much as possible, but anyway, a certain area will be occupied among the 30 square meters. So, shall we change our thinking and try to turn the staircase shrinking into the process of climbing upward.
It is just like our “climbing up” in the natural environment, we can pass by the green plants, sit on the rocks in pairs, and rest against the trunk when we’re exhausted, thus finally reaching an open site.At this time, the stairs act not only as upward tools. The height is controlled to be step at 300 mm, the seat for resting at 450 mm, and the groove for planting green plants at 350 mm.
▼这样变换的过程中，临时办公，讨论空间，小型沙龙、讲座空间全部安置在了这一放大的楼梯中。In this way, temporary office, discussion space, small salon, lecture space are all placed in this enlarged staircase during the process of the transformation.
▼“向上攀登”，最终达到公共办公区区域。The process of “Climbing up” to finally reach the public office area.
▼向上过程中的休息节点, Rest spot during the process upward
▼拾级而上的过程中我们设置了逐级上升的扶手，便于行走。In the process of ascending the stairs, we set up the step-by-step climbing handrail to facilitate walking.
▼“攀登”过程的休息平台也是临时办公空间。The rest spot for climbing can also be treated as a temporary office space.
▼电动幕布下降后，台阶部分可以错落坐下，作为汇报、沙龙、讨论空间。After the electric curtain is lowered, the steps can be staggered to sit down as a space for reporting, salon and discussion。
▼在固定6人位办公桌的后侧，顺应前面的台阶的趋势向上抬高一级，作为一独立的办公区，整合打印机位及收纳的功能。The space at the back of the fixed 6-person desk acts as an independent office area, which integrates the functions of printer position and storage, through raising by one level along the front steps.
Storage system at the wall:
Limited by the area, we attached the space to the wall and made a storage system around the whole space, which is divided into two parts. And the upper part derived from the depth of 280mm shelf to place books, store boxes, plants, etc.Under the shelf is a circle of suspenders, which is not only used for hanging pictures in the exhibition space temporarily, but also can be used to store and display folding chairs, picture frames, bags and clothes of office workers through hooks. And the white suspender can be used to suspend different objects by S-shaped hook, coat hanger and crossing hanger.
▼两个置物体系中间，通过镜面的银色金属波纹板衔接，与下面的横条粗糙硅藻泥墙面形成材质的鲜明对比。The center parts of the two storage systems are connected by the silver metal corrugated plate of the mirror, forming a sharp contrast with the rough diatom mud wall below.
▼便于随手一挂包袋、折叠椅的吊杆, The suspender is convenient for hanging bags and folding chairs.
▼入口的台阶部分也可切换成一个临时的展览空间，在下垂的白色圆形吊杆上悬吊画面，在拾级而上的过程中浏览画面。The step section of the entrance can also be transformed into a temporary exhibition space, where pictures can be suspended on the hanging white round suspenders, and can be viewed during the process of ascending the stairs.
▼置物架的高度刚好是高度1米8左右的男生伸手能够到的高度，女生则通过椅子或移动台阶踩踏取放物品。The height of the shelf is exactly the height of about 1.8 meters, which can be reached by the boys with hands, while on which articles can be placed by the girls with the help of chairs or moving steps.
Getting along in the small space：
▼后段夹层下为避开公共办公区的访客讨论空间和手工模型制作空间,一人位休息室,茶水间。The visitors’ discussion space, manual-model making space, a one-person lounge and a tea room separated from the public office area are placed under the back section of the interlayer.
▼休息室内嵌了一张1.2*2M的床，可以容纳1人的临时居住需求。A 1.2 * 2m bed is embedded in the rest room, which can accommodate the temporary living needs of one person.
▼茶水间采用镜面不锈钢材质，减少小空间里的压迫感。The tea room applies silver metal material to reduce the sense of oppression stemming from the small space.
▼茶水间和休息室通过一墙分隔，外面有一推门，左右移动，满足临时的密闭需求。The tea room and the rest room are separated by a wall, with a sliding door outside, which moves left and right to meet the temporary requirements for personal space.
▼因为夹层空间的存在，上下层的人们互不干扰，各自活动。Because of the existence of the mezzanine space, people on the upper and lower layers do not interfere with each other, and perform each activity.
The original building adopts the front door and rear window. But we transformed the rear window into a door in order to keep the streamline of the front and rear. In addition, the form of a single folding door which can be opened and closed is applied, which can be partially or completely unfolded according to the needs.
▼从室内开始，抬高450MM的高度作为座椅，插入树坛并向外延伸出去成为室外的座椅。放置一临时的小桌子，夏天的晚上，三五伙伴也可以再次聊天交谈。The space 450mm raised starting from the interior is taken as a seat, which is inserted into the tree altar and extended outward to become an outdoor seat. A temporary small table is set, around which three or five friends can chat on summer nights.
▼室内和室外的空间因为植物的存在相互贯通着，而又有所分隔。Because of the existence of plants, the indoor and outdoor spaces are connected while separated with each other.
因空间较为狭小，主要用了整体灰银色调，提高整体空间的明亮度。粗糙的横纹硅藻泥肌理与银色水波纹不锈钢两种质感反差极大的材质在空间里碰撞、重叠，增加了层次感和冲突感。Because the space is relatively narrow, the overall gray silver tone is mainly applied to improve the brightness of the overall space. The contrast between the rough texture of diatom mud and the silver water ripple stainless steel, which forms great contrast, collide and overlap in space, increases the sense of gradation and conflict.
原始层高较高，根据功能，通过材质在垂直高度上的切割划分，我们将整个体块在垂直高度上分成两个部分。通过立面上材质和颜色的分割，消减了高度使人产生的压迫。As the original layer is relatively high, the whole block is divided into two parts by the material cutting in the vertical height in accordance with the function. Through the division of material and color on the facade, the oppression stemmed from height is weakened.
▼置物架之上与顶面连成一片用白色的涂料使其消隐,置物架下则是粗糙的灰色的横纹泥肌理。The space above the shelf is connected with the top surface to form a whole by the white paint. While under the shelf, the coarse gray cross texture of grain mud is used.
▼现场的桌面、扶手等家具都根据统一的元素衍生、运用了横纹硅藻泥肌理及白色圆管。The furniture such as tabletop and handrails all apply the texture of cross grain diatom mud and white round tube derived from the same elements.
为了尽可能的减少建造成本,原本使用镜面不锈钢包裹的桌腿、用皮质软包制作的坐垫，后期在不断地尝试下，通过利用闲置的海绵、货车捆绑带、铝箔珍珠棉自制了坐垫、包裹桌腿。In order to minimum the construction cost as much as possible, the original use of table legs wrapped by mirror stainless steel and leather upholstery made of cushion was changed into self-made cushion and wrapped table leg made from idle sponge, truck strap, aluminum foil pearl cotton through constant attempt later.
▼因为捆绑带的可抽拉性，可以根据需要调整坐垫的高度，并根据温度变化更换表面的材料。Because of the drawability of the binding belt, the height of the cushion can be adjusted according to the needs, and the surface material can be replaced according to the temperature change.
▼入口的门牌也同样运用了铝箔水管保温棉、橘色PVC软膜、压扣捆绑带组合。The entrance doorplate also uses the combination of water-pipe insulation cotton of aluminum foil, orange PVC soft film, pressure buckle binding belt.
▼空间整体狭长，为了顺应空间的狭长的感受，顶部运用了连贯的两条灯管，形成有纵深感的两条光带，形成均匀的办公照明。桌面升起构架，用扎带捆绑灯管固定，作为办公辅助灯光。As the whole space is narrow and long, two coherent light tubes are used to form two light bands with longitudinal feeling, in order to adapt to the narrow and long feeling of the space and form uniform office lighting. The raised frame of the desktop is applied, and the lamp tube is fixed with tie strap, which is used as office auxiliary light.
园区的晚上反而是最热闹的时候，很多周边居民来此纳凉散步。来来往往间，望见这个台阶上的办公室，也探进头来张望，好奇的迈上几级。Unexpectedly, the park’s evening is the liveliest time. Many residents around come here to enjoy the cool and take a walk. From time to time, they also probed their head to look around, and stepped up several steps curiously at the glimpse of the office on this step.
- 空间地址：浙江 宁波 8号公园
- 设计公司：离宅半米0.5m studio