Glass office for Soho China
by Aim Architecture

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Mirrored walls and glass ceilings transform this office interior in Shanghai into a labyrinth of reflected light and imagery (+ slideshow).

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

Shanghai studio Aim Architecture designed the office for Soho China, the property developers behind Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho and Wangjing Soho projects, and it occupies a space in the company's Fuxing Plaza complex.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

The space functions as a showroom, so the architects wanted to show customers the raw condition of the office units available to rent.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

"As Soho rents out the offices in this building in bare shell state, the main design idea is to show the customers what they are actually getting, and at the same time add a layer of inspiring luxury to it," they said.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

Ventilation ducts and other service pipes are visible through a continuous glass ceiling, while glass floors surround individual meeting rooms.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

Mirrored partitions alternate with glass screens and windows, juxtaposing views between rooms with framed apertures of the Shanghai skyline.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

"The glass-only approach allows a complexity that emerges from a simple choice," added the architects.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

The entrance to the office is via an all-white corridor, where strips of light are reflected to create the illusion of a never-ending grid.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

Other offices filled with mirrors and glass include a Tokyo office with a hidden slide and a production studio in New York with translucent screens and glass partitions. See more office interiors »

Photography is by Jerry Yin, Chief Architect, SOHO China.

Here's a project description from Aim Architecture:


Glass office by Aim Architecture for SOHO China

An all glass and mirror inner cladding exposes the infrastructure of SOHO's new office building in Shanghai. The glass creates manifold reflections of the sales models and meeting rooms, while leaving the original height and structure in view. This creates a 'double reality' that merges with the stunning views of downtown Shanghai.

Membrane ceilings create extra attention for the models. Light and surfaces reflect throughout the space, even further diffused by half see-through mirrors. Some of the floors are islands of stone or carpet, to create static moments to offset this sea of reflectivity.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

As SOHO rents out the offices in this building in bare shell state, the main design idea is to show the customers what they are actually getting, and at the same time add a layer of inspiring luxury to it.

The glass-only approach allows creating a complexity that emerges from a simple choice. That is what makes this project bold and layered at the same time.

Glass office by AIM Architecture for SOHO China

This project by AIM Architecture is part of Fuxing Plaza, a large mixed-use complex (140.000m2) that hopefully will boost more energy and surprises for the city.

Date of realisation: September 2013
Design team: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan.
Client: SOHO China

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Nice aesthetics, but I just fail to see (no pun intended) how anyone would be able to work in such an environment.

    • DesignForLiving

      If you would have read the brief you would have understood this is a sales showroom intended to express the bare ‘purchased’ state, while at the same time inspiring the visitor with a transparent ‘finished’ state. Kind of clever actually.

  • Marco Lammers

    Of course, those floors and ceilings are going to look horrible in no time. But who cares, the client paid and we’ve got the pictures. This looks stunning. Otherworldly. I would love to see a video of it.

  • neo

    Welcome to the matrix.

  • bonsaiman

    Someone will paint yellow direction arrows on the floor in no time. I would.

  • Javier Santillana

    This is going to need a whole cleaning/maintenance team.

  • ed

    Amazing end result. Seemingly great detailing and finish quality (difficult in China). And great (for the aesthetic) that they could get away with not applying ‘stickers’ on the glass panes to prevent people from smashing into them.

  • HOUSE

    Was this office used in Skyfall? When Bond follows the assassin up that tower in Shanghai? If not, it certainly evokes that ambience!

  • Lucienne Li

    I would probably run into some glass-walls…

  • Anna Eisbar

    Internet is killing good architecture by focusing only on cool pictures. Nowadays if it LOOKS good in a picture, it IS good. Don’t bother with acoustics, eye tiredness with all the reflections etc.

    Websites like Dezeen and others just repost stuff they see here and there, and leave it to the comments to add some criticism. Who is with me to start a critical (positive and negative) website about design and architecture? There is definitely a market to take.

    • Steeevyo

      Sorry but people are too lazy to read.
      Also, Dezeen is a PR aggregator and not a magazine.

  • biboarchitect

    Was just thinking of the same!

  • PG

    Images look amazing, but no sure how the visually impaired, or for that matter the unimpaired would deal with it.

  • Z-dog

    Did you read the article? It’s a showroom, which really shouldn’t bother with acoustics, eye triedness, etc.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    And lots of Windex ;)

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    I see now. It’s like a rendering with ‘transparent layers’. Clever indeed!

    • HJ

      That is not a rendering. It is real photo.

  • T,.T

    Ahhhh, my nose!!

  • Eidolon

    It’s a showroom, but the backside of the glass beneath the plenum is going to have to be cleaned at some point. That’s one ceiling I’d dearly dread falling through. How long is this ‘showroom’ supposed to be up for?

  • sultony

    George Formby would have a field day. People must have a glazed look about them all day. This design is a denial of human need and an epitomy of narcisistic design that reflects emptiness and delusion.

  • W Derham

    A grim and banal form of torture.

  • http://www.urbanly.com/ URBANLY

    I love this!

  • Luke

    10/10. Would break nose.

  • Nimz

    Don’t want to be there when a earthquake hits the city!

  • Real Animation works ltd

    Great work… This is amazing.

  • tinatbx923

    People might hit on the wall?

  • Jorge Alvarez

    I thought mirrored surfaces are meant to be bad feng shui?

  • Quent

    Nice and clean showroom.