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The curved facade stretches across windows

Runxuan Textile Office features curvilinear aluminium facade

Design studio Rationale International — Masanori Design Studio has created an office in China with a curvilinear facade and undulating ceiling that draws on the qualities of fabric.

The Chinese studio drew on the process of cloth production and interpreted the movement of textiles through an architectural language to create the design.

Runxuan textile office used white aluminium battens across its facade
Top image: aluminium battens clad the exterior of the building. Above: the facade has a curvilinear form

"We innovatively applied 'cloth elements' to both the facade and indoor space via architectural languages," Rationale International — Masanori Design Studio founder Terry Xu told Dezeen.

"Producing three-dimensional visual effects and realizing the unity of interior and exterior."

Runxuan textile office has white interiors
The battens extend into the interior

Built for a fabric production company, the Runxuan Textile Office is located in a textile town in Foshan in the Guandong province of China.

Its exterior was clad in vertical aluminium battens arranged in a curvilinear formation that extend above the building's windows.

Runxuan textile office has an open plan look
A column punctuates the centre of the lobby

The aluminium battens stretch through to the interior of the office across the ceiling, mimicking the rolling form of the facade to connect the interior and exterior.

"In this space, one seems to be standing under a loom," said Xu. "The 'yarns' are interwoven with the light, and such black and white colours form artistic scenes from different angles."

Runxuan textile office has a minimal interior
The ceiling echoes the rolling form of the facade

"For example, the undulating ceiling gives the space a strong sense of architecture," said Xu.

"Meticulous details, connection between ceiling and walls, columns, and play of light and shadows, bring various changes to the space."

The lobby was placed at the centre of the plan, with offices, meeting rooms and conference spaces organise around it.

White was used throughout the interior of the building, which has a minimalist aesthetic with furniture, decorative objects and plants sparsely placed in the space.

a window looks into neighbouring rooms at Runxuan textile office
Openings in walls link the adjoining spaces

Openings and glass walls divide and connect the building's functional spaces in a semi-open plan layout, creating fluid and flexible workspaces.

Offices have been fitted with artificial skylights that stretch across large parts of the ceiling to combat the interior's lack of natural light.

Black furniture was used in the Runxuan textile office
Glass walls create a light and airy look

"The artificial 'skylight' reconnects the space with nature, and helps produce a comfortable, pleasant working environment," said Xu.

"By optimizing the indoor functional layout and solving its lighting and ventilation problems, it created a healthier and more comfortable office, which became another feature of this project."

Strip lighting was suspended over a long table
Other spaces were finished with black ceilings

Founded in 2017, Rationale International — Masanori Design Studio uses nature, balance and brand identity to create spaces that are not limited to a specific style.

Other recent Chinese projects include a visitor centre with a striped wall and circular windows by Wutopia Lab and a recycled brick podium that envelops a campus containing three-striped office blocks by Neri & Hu.

Photography is by Yun Ouyang.

Project credits:

Design firm: Rationale International — Masanori Design Studio
Chief designer: Terry Xu
Design team: Gorry Huang, Gavin Peng
Construction drawings: AND Design
Materials supplier: Grepoo Material Trade
Main materials: Aluminium Alloy, Florina Ceramics
Original brand furniture: Masanori Art

More images and plans

Ground floor plan of the building
Battens extend through the space
Black art work covers the walls
The ceiling has a curved design
There is an interior window
The undulating ceiling covers work spaces
There are artificial sky lights
Plants were placed throughout the space