Crossboundaries’ design solution for the interior of the Sanlian magazine offices in Beijing combines the geometric logic inherited from the existing structure with the new workflow goals of the occupant.
In initial conversations with the client, we got an interesting insight into the evolution that the company was going through – they targeted to adjust to a new way of working in a more open environment with high practical use and needed a space that would enable and reflect that. Detailed inquiries revealed their readiness to reduce enclosed office spaces and give way to a more transparent flexible environment with a variety of casual meeting points that enhance efficiency and influence the collaborative mentality.
Inspired by the structural layout of the entire building that is based on a triangular grid, we continued this strong geometric DNA thread into the interior fit out. Besides the triangle, we found another clue that was all about the number 3. The occupant of the office is a publishing house called Sanlian (in Chinese 三联) with the number “3” in its name, focusing on three main domains – society, knowledge and lifestyle.