A Red Object by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

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A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

This faceted red volume in a Shanghai office, designed by 3Gatti Architecture Studio of Rome and Shanghai, houses two meeting rooms and a cafe.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Called A Red Object, the enclosure forms part of an office inside a former factory.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The project also involved inserting two mezzanine levels, coating much of the concrete interior in white resin, and installing a black reception desk and workbench around the stairwell.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Photographs are by Masato Kawano.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The information that follows is from 3Gatti Architecture Studio:


A red object
Conversion of an ex factory into a office building

Red and black are historically avant-garde colours. In the last century they represented bold uncompromising ideologies and artistic movements that combined ethical and cultural beliefs with innovative forms of expression.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

These were the colours that represented a certain turbulence or tension towards the essence of objects whereas white represented a vacuum or void in which to collocate their significance or meaning.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

A blank sheet of paper on which nothing has yet been written is white; once there is a text, the colour red is used to underline words. In a similar way and in a contemporary setting Francesco Gatti associates colours to the objects he designs.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

To convert an ex factory in the centre of Shanghai, the Italian architect was given certain criteria to follow and final requirements to be met: there should be premises to be used as offices, versatile spaces, meeting rooms, a reception and a café.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

Taking into account the height of the rooms, it was decided to divide the upper space into two mezzanine floors joined together by two bridge-corridors. In this way a neutral central void was created.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

The use of white resin for the floors and epoxy applied directly onto the concrete makes the double height a perfect setting for the utility functions, all housed among objects resembling sculptures.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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A faceted red object contains two meeting rooms and a kitchen in its lower level. It is separated from the floor by an illuminated slice of void and it reflects onto the white resin. Other less startling sculptures, are the reception desk which lies in the bend of the banister of the stairs and another long belt-like surface which can be used as a working surface which leads the way into the central area.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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Programme: Two storeys office events open spaces, two meeting rooms, reception area, bar, special dress storage-exhibition room, storage room, server room.

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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Architect: 3Gatti.com Architecture Studio
Chief architect: Francesco Gatti
Project manager: Ingrid Pu
Collaborators: Paola Riceci, Jessie Zheng, Candy Zhang, Vivian Husiyue, Ben Hou, Peter Ye, Sunny Wang, Chen Han Yi, Robin Feng
Contractor: K2Lab
Engineer: Jachy Yan
Client: Italia Servizi s.r.l.
Location: Jing An district, Shanghai, China.
Total area: 708 m²

A Red Object by 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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Materials:
ground floor: white resin
mezzanine: steel structure, concrete floor with transparent epoxy
red object: concrete and brick structure, wooden secondary structure, plasterboard skin with plexiglass windows
reception desk: steel structure, wooden skin with grey piano painting


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  • http://studio-lmnoq.blogspot.com/ LMNOQ

    You sure can't ignore the 800 pound red gorilla in the room… LOVE IT!!!

  • wpgmb

    "i have a great idea: let's design a 'faceted red volume' so we can do one of those cool unfolded diagrams!"

    what's it like inside this red faceted blob? judge by the 3rd image down, kinda dull and contrived. why is the interior of this blob not red as well? how would that change the atmosphere during a meeting?

  • people

    Bare concrete so neat!

  • gab xiao

    I love this space. A red 'boulder' in a stark, pristine space – well balanced elegance.

  • mtm

    I go there every Thurday.
    It's a nice event space
    http://www.creativehunt.com/shanghai/articles/the

  • urgah

    the meeting spaces look pretty tight on plan though – maybe thats the reason no images have been taken in there..