Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

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Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

The Shanghai office of Chinese architecture studio Taranta Creations features a staircase within a labia-like orifice and a floor that doubles as a desk.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

Above photograph is by Shen Qiang of Shen Photo.

Upstairs, the entire floor plane is used as a work surface, with seating contained inside four large voids.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

Taranta Creations designed the space, called Red Town Office, for its own staff.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

The staircase joining the two levels is painted red on the inside and silver on the outside.

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Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

Above photograph is by Shen Qiang of Shen Photo.

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Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

Photography is by Fay Wu, apart from where otherwise stated.

The information that follows is from Taranta Creations:


Red Town Office

The design of Taranta Creations his own office space is a reflection of the ongoing creative process within the studio.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

The upper floor is constructed as one continuous desk in which four sitting areas are cut out.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

This large ‘work floor’ invites the designers to use the space for walking, sketching, meeting, modelling, thinking, drafting, sitting and relaxing.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

This kind of informal interpretation of office space encourages cross-pollination between the different projects and disciplines.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

The upper floor is connected to the lower floor by a ‘water drop’ in which the staircase is placed.

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

Design team: Enrico Taranta, Giorgio Radojkovic, Juriaan Calis.
Location: Red Town Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China.
Project year: 2010

Red Town Office by Taranta Creations

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TheSurreal Ian P Smith

    Hmmm with a name like Taranta I wonder if they have been paying homage to Anish Kapoor http://www.museomadre.it/opere.cfm?id=389
    This was an installation for The Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery pre launch in 2000

  • Adarsha

    Like the upper floor and the connection to the upper floor. Nice experimentation with the voids in the floor. But, somehow the lower floor seems neglected. The design maneuvers do not extend from the upper floor to the lower floor.

    • http://twitter.com/MeghaSanjaliwal @MeghaSanjaliwal

      but how does one enter in the voids to work… does one have to jump in???? a little uncomfortable…..

  • Post

    pretty DIY …

  • Luis

    A little too over-designed, no?

  • Dave

    I feel sorry for the short skirted secretary who has to walk around upstairs amoungst the employees sitting at the desks in the red voids… a test of one's shyness….

  • Mac

    Labia: seriously?

  • leeseungho

    Well, this is really bad joke. So much of material which will be wasted when they are moving out soon. No flexibility, no way to keep the space clean. What were you thinking?

  • student

    haha. the description is certainly interesting

  • mik

    "water drop"?

    "upper floor is constructed as one continuous desk"?

    "This large ‘work floor’ invites the designers to use the space for walking, sketching, meeting, modelling, thinking, drafting, sitting and relaxing."

    I don't see any of this.

    stop alucinating.

  • mik

    I would hate to work in the small "big red voids".
    My Godness! what were you guys thinking?

  • THOM

    THOSE SENIORS ON TOP CAN ROLL ON THE FLOOR WHILE THE JUNIOR DRAFTSMEN ARE LEFT PACKED IN LIKE SARDINES IN THE UNDERWORLD

  • Jürgen

    I love the messy wires in image 1!

  • Chrs

    Gimmick. And completely agreed about overdesigned..

  • http://dichotomatic.wordpress.com Freedom for Maryland

    Upstairs folk have space and get to goof-off…
    Downstairs folk are elbow-to-elbow practically sitting on stools…

    from the movie Ben Hur: "Ramming Speed"

  • Deb

    Would hate to have anyone walk behind me at a higher level while working….i would feel like a mole…

  • Jac

    I live in shanghai at the moment, have actually been to this space, i think it's much better than how it looks in these photos. and i cant see any photo taking from outside on the first level.
    i can understand why ppl think the first level seatings are just like stools in a row, but u have to understand all of those seats actually face the window overlooking the sculpture park, i think not much office actually got all the direct view to the window!
    anyway would love to work in a space like that, especially upstairs!

  • JLH

    What's with the messy lighting i the staircase? i mean the cables are so obvious…why didnt they bother with the finishing touches?

  • ben

    Excellent concept for new offices environment! Let's make the employees happy to work!! I like the contrast between the 2 floors! Love it!

  • EJ_re

    It's pretty interesting .
    but this office feels very stuffy ,messy and over designed.
    whenever you move , you have to use stairs again and again, even it looks uncomfortable to work in the red voids.

    but i think this design is quietly experimental.

  • chris

    been there
    its awesome!

  • http://www.blog.khaya.co.nz Samantha

    Not sure I like the idea of someone walking ON my desk. And how would I get into my work space …jump down?

  • Genitally Concerned

    Doesn't look anything like my labia.

  • Mari

    Awesome idea… really love it!!! but … as it says “the entire floor plane is used as a work surface” / “This large ‘work floor’ invites the designers to use the space for walking, sketching, meeting, modelling, thinking, drafting, sitting and relaxing”… – well what about everyone walking all over it with their shoes on etc??… how is one to work, sit, relax on that same surface???

  • clown

    people entering the stairs are like sperms entering (censored)… no offence :P

  • imaloserbabyy

    Labialike? lmao. Dezeen, how could you?