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20 Translucent Factory Office Building, China, 2016 Architecture

Entertainment, Landscape

Footprint 1300 M2

Area 2,650 M2

Ongoing

Situated in the industrial district of Chengdu city, Sichuan province, the building occupies 1300 square meters of the total area of 54,550 square meters that makes up the factory land.

The project consists of three levels with a total floor area of 2650 square meters. The program encompasses facilities that serve the factory building and are complimentary to it.
The reception area, laboratory and canteen for the administrative staff and factory workers are located on the first floor level. The second floor level is fully dedicated to the administrative offices and meeting rooms, and the third level to the dorm rooms, recreation area and a staff training room.

In addition to the symbiotic functional relation between the exiting factory building and the project, the two structures answer to each other graphically, in a kinetic effect, rhythm is generated between the metal vertical strips of the factory building and the striped polycarbonate sheets that make up the skin of the project.

The materials used for the project are simple and locally sourced. The main structure consists of a concrete shell doubled by polycarbonate as a second skin. The monochromatic background brings out the vibrant colors of the polycarbonate, this allows a play of transparency, generating reflections and a strong photographic effect. The chosen colors blue, yellow and clear polycarbonate mimic the blue skies and the sun which rarely appear in the atmosphere of the city.

The project tries to incorporate natural elements within the architecture. Having large bay windows and glass façades introduce natural light into the building. The openable windows are set back with respect to the polycarbonate skin, while the fixed openings are directly connected to the polycarbonate façade. Natural lighting is filtered through the coloured polycarbonate generating different hues indoors, changing the mood colour and bringing in the colours of the sun and blue sky. Green spaces and water surfaces within the building generate breathing spaces, it is a take on the ancestral gardens of Chengdu. The terraces and planted surfaces become green pockets that punctuate the plan on all levels, with maple trees, green and black bamboo, gingko, ferns, papyrus and a multiple of local plants.

The two fire escape staircases along the side elevations, break away from the rigid shell to become a feature edging the two ends of the project, creating an external promenade that pierces through the building.

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Le Diamant Jalila

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

d. 1000mm  th. 310mm

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La Diamant Jalila is a cristalline structure with 400 cut faces designed to trap light and redistribute it through a myriad of reflections, adding textured illumination to a space.

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Viseur

[Material]

Aluminium iridescent colors

[Dimensions]

L. 300mm w. 50mm h.150mm

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Viseur is an iridescent reflective surface.

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Marrakesh

[Material]

Acrylic

[Type]

Seat, Bench

[Dimensions]

L. 49cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

L. 98cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

L. 147cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

L. 196cm  w. 45cm  h. 45cm

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Bench, available in one seater, two seater, three seater and four seater
Acrylic color: transparent, opaque, fluorescent

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Diamond Table

[Material]

Wood with polycarbonate

[Type]

Side table, Dining table

[Dimensions]

d. 50cm  h. 60cm

d. 40cm  h. 85cm

d. 80cm  h. 40cm

d. 110cm  h. 72cm

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A contemporary twist on the traditional middle Eastern coffee tables, the wood base is finished with polycarbonate mirror cladding.

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Floating Market Table

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Dining table

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Dining table formed of three parts, lacquered wood top on painted metal base.

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Full Stop Table

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Side table

[Dimensions]

d. 35cm  h. 55cm

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Side table with lacquered wood top and metal base.

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Moucharabieh Table

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Table

[Dimensions]

d. 70cm  h. 72cm

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Circular table, laser cut top and metal base.

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Not a Harem

[Material]

Wood and Metal

[Type]

Side table

[Dimensions]

L. 45cm  w. 45cm  h. 40cm

L. 35cm  w. 35cm  h. 33cm

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Not a Harem small side tables with a black metallic base covered by a top with an Oriental motif influenced by Moorish and crusade patterned tiles imprinted on canvas. The side tables are decorated with burnished studs.

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Tennis Table

[Material]

Polycarbonate

[Type]

Coffee table

[Dimensions]

L. 80cm  w. 40cm  h. 42cm

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Coffee table, polycarbonate body, fluorescent tennis ball supports
Color: Black, white or transparent

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Trophee

[Material]

Resin

[Dimensions]

L. 820mm  w. 670mm  h. 960mm

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Limited edition wall mounted lighting fixture. Hand-moulded polyester clear resin.

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Desk Draw

[Material]

Polycarbonate

[Type]

Desk

[Dimensions]

L. 120cm  w. 60cm  h. 74cm

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Clear polycarbonate desk on trestles with clear or grey fume polycarbonate top and drawers.

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Splashing Drop

[Material]

Steel, Epoxy powder coated

[Dimensions]

L. 135mm  w. 86mm  h. 111mm

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Table, pendant or wall mounted lighting fixture with perforated metal casing
Color: Steel, black, white, pearl gold or super gold

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Kbox Light

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

L. 500mm  w. 500mm  h. 300mm

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Acrylic box suspension
Acrylic finish: plain acrylic diffuser, acrylic diffuser with adhesive vinyl patterns or laser cut acrylic diffuser

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Fractale

[Material]

Silver acrylic, Inox

[Dimensions]

Variable

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Fractale is an articulated reflector surface with variable dimensions depending on design and installation.

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Cristal

[Material]

Pmma cristal, Aluminum anodized

[Dimensions]

L. 100mm 1. 90mm h. 200mm

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Cristal is a prismatic crystal volume that traps the light reflection and intensifies it. The combination of diverse dimensions in the shaping of the volume produces a mysterious distortion in the appearance of the object.

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Deflex

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

L. 990mm w.384mm h.84mm

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Deflex is a translucent suspension made of a frosted acrylic shade and equipped with 2 fluorescent T5 circle fluorescent bulbs supply by 2 electronic ballast. Deflex exist in 2 versions: dimmable and not dimmable.

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Fly

[Material]

Steel, Epoxy powder coated

[Dimensions]

L. 1486mm w. 403mm h. 34mm

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Fly is a flat fluorescent suspension equipped with a diffracting optical light film or with a spreading film.

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Laura

[Material]

Acrylic dichroic mirror, Bracket steel nickeled

[Dimensions]

L. 1200mm w. 353mm h.1200mm

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Laura is is an articulated dichroïc reflector.

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O.V.N.I.

[Material]

Acrylic diffuser

[Dimensions]

L. 600mm w. 600mm h.306mm

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O.V.N.I. from the sky, for the home.

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Mezzer Tray

[Material]

Acrylic

[Type]

Tray

[Dimensions]

L. 37cm  w. 22cm

L. 45cm  w. 40cm

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Engraved acrylic tray
Color: fluorescent, opaque or transparent 

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Stocking Light

[Material]

Acrylic

[Dimensions]

L. 350mm  w. 350mm  h. 400mm

L. 350mm  w. 350mm  h. 825mm

L. 350mm  w. 350mm  h. 1240mm

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Suspension or free standing
Cover: Knitted, crochet or printed fabric
Three sizes: one sphere, two spheres, three spheres