The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN
The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN

An adaptive reuse of a historical building in Shanghai China, The Living Room is built to create walkable, mixed-use alternatives to China’s rampant urbanization. The center is a hub for services including family therapy, art therapy, yoga, a health-oriented restaurant with food and beverage programs, and a small-scale urban farm. 

The interior was designed by noted New York architect and designer Calvin Tsao of TsAO & McKOWN. Shanghai-based architecture firm, Neri & Hu, designed the exterior of the building. 

From the venue: The Living Room by Octave is our flagship wellbeing center offering integrated and customized wellness programs delivered by a group of world-class practitioners. The exterior was designed by Neri & Hu and the interior was designed by noted architect and designer Calvin Tsao. It also houses a gourmet, organic, natural restaurant, Thought for Food, and a Children's Enhancement Center for kids ages 6 months to 3 years. Our facility is located on Jianguo Xi Lu in the heritage area of Shanghai, and is equipped with advanced air filtration which cleans up to 0.002 μm PM2.5. We also have running water reaching international quality standards. 

The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN
The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN

An adaptive reuse of a historical building in Shanghai China, The Living Room is built to create walkable, mixed-use alternatives to China’s rampant urbanization. The center is a hub for services including family therapy, art therapy, yoga, a health-oriented restaurant with food and beverage programs, and a small-scale urban farm. 

The interior was designed by noted New York architect and designer Calvin Tsao of TsAO & McKOWN. Shanghai-based architecture firm, Neri & Hu, designed the exterior of the building. 

From the venue: The Living Room by Octave is our flagship wellbeing center offering integrated and customized wellness programs delivered by a group of world-class practitioners. The exterior was designed by Neri & Hu and the interior was designed by noted architect and designer Calvin Tsao. It also houses a gourmet, organic, natural restaurant, Thought for Food, and a Children's Enhancement Center for kids ages 6 months to 3 years. Our facility is located on Jianguo Xi Lu in the heritage area of Shanghai, and is equipped with advanced air filtration which cleans up to 0.002 μm PM2.5. We also have running water reaching international quality standards. 

Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio
Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio

Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. It is a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure located in Hangzhou, one of China's most picturesque cities. Situated 180 kilometres south-west of Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of China's most prosperous cities, especially renowned for its scenic landscapes. Located in Qianjiang New Town near the Qiantang River, this mixed-use development forms a prominent landmark in Hangzhou's new central business district, with a total area of almost 400,000 square metres spread across the two 250-metre towers, the podium building and the surrounding plaza.

Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio
Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio

Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. It is a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure located in Hangzhou, one of China's most picturesque cities. Situated 180 kilometres south-west of Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of China's most prosperous cities, especially renowned for its scenic landscapes. Located in Qianjiang New Town near the Qiantang River, this mixed-use development forms a prominent landmark in Hangzhou's new central business district, with a total area of almost 400,000 square metres spread across the two 250-metre towers, the podium building and the surrounding plaza.

House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios
House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios has completed the renovation of a historical villa, located in the heart of the city’s former French Concession. The villa was transformed into the home for a Shanghai-based Haute Couture brand, Grace Chen. The project encompasses the architectural renovation and interior design of the villa, as well as a new glass pavilion display and event space. 

Taking inspiration from Grace Chen’s beautiful and intricately crafted clothing, Kokaistudios developed a design strategy that is feminine and elegant, yet completes the classic design of the villa with a touch of modernity.

Kokaistudios embarked on an architectural restoration of the building that valorized the villa’s original features, including the French doors, the inlaid marble mosaic flooring on the upstairs terrace, as well as the beautiful facade brickwork. 

The entrance to the villa is marked by a large black and bronze weaved metal gate, the design of which was inspired by one of Grace Chen’s designs. It provides privacy, coupled with a strong sense of arrival. 

The villa overlooks a courtyard that was completely re-designed to meet the client's needs, functioning as an event space and an area for hosting small fashion shows.

The architect divided the villa into a series of areas, with a progression from the public areas on the ground floor to the most private areas on the third floor.

The ground floor hosts the main showroom and lounge area. The show-kitchen and dining area has direct access to the courtyard.

The fitting rooms and offices are located on the second floor. The architect settled on a palette of colors and a range of natural materials, together creating a comforting environment that acts as a supporting backdrop to the client's beautiful couture creations.

While much of the custom-made cabinetry and display mirrors were designed in a style to complement the historic nature of the villa, the architect chose to contrast them with features and finishes that were intentionally modern.

The interior space uses furniture and fixtures from noted domestic and international producers, such as pieces by Flos, and Murano glass lamps designed and produced in Italy by the family of Filippo Gabbiani, Chief Architect of the project.

The third floor is taken up by the intimate library as well as the VIP suite for out-of-town guests. Exposed bricks were finished in a simple dove grey paint, giving the space a more unfinished feeling.

This intimate and elegant space is an area for reflection and exchange, envisaged as a “salon” of old times.

House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios
House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios has completed the renovation of a historical villa, located in the heart of the city’s former French Concession. The villa was transformed into the home for a Shanghai-based Haute Couture brand, Grace Chen. The project encompasses the architectural renovation and interior design of the villa, as well as a new glass pavilion display and event space. 

Taking inspiration from Grace Chen’s beautiful and intricately crafted clothing, Kokaistudios developed a design strategy that is feminine and elegant, yet completes the classic design of the villa with a touch of modernity.

Kokaistudios embarked on an architectural restoration of the building that valorized the villa’s original features, including the French doors, the inlaid marble mosaic flooring on the upstairs terrace, as well as the beautiful facade brickwork. 

The entrance to the villa is marked by a large black and bronze weaved metal gate, the design of which was inspired by one of Grace Chen’s designs. It provides privacy, coupled with a strong sense of arrival. 

The villa overlooks a courtyard that was completely re-designed to meet the client's needs, functioning as an event space and an area for hosting small fashion shows.

The architect divided the villa into a series of areas, with a progression from the public areas on the ground floor to the most private areas on the third floor.

The ground floor hosts the main showroom and lounge area. The show-kitchen and dining area has direct access to the courtyard.

The fitting rooms and offices are located on the second floor. The architect settled on a palette of colors and a range of natural materials, together creating a comforting environment that acts as a supporting backdrop to the client's beautiful couture creations.

While much of the custom-made cabinetry and display mirrors were designed in a style to complement the historic nature of the villa, the architect chose to contrast them with features and finishes that were intentionally modern.

The interior space uses furniture and fixtures from noted domestic and international producers, such as pieces by Flos, and Murano glass lamps designed and produced in Italy by the family of Filippo Gabbiani, Chief Architect of the project.

The third floor is taken up by the intimate library as well as the VIP suite for out-of-town guests. Exposed bricks were finished in a simple dove grey paint, giving the space a more unfinished feeling.

This intimate and elegant space is an area for reflection and exchange, envisaged as a “salon” of old times.

Google Beijing Office
Google Beijing Office

After ten years in the previous office, Google Beijing moved to a new location in Zhongguangcun, China's Silicon Valley. On the very first day of business, Googlers were thrilled with the new space and eager to test out the new facilities. On top of standard office facilities, the office also has a Google Museum, a game room, a colored glass stairwell that goes up a few floors, and many more exciting features. 

Google Beijing Office
Google Beijing Office

After ten years in the previous office, Google Beijing moved to a new location in Zhongguangcun, China's Silicon Valley. On the very first day of business, Googlers were thrilled with the new space and eager to test out the new facilities. On top of standard office facilities, the office also has a Google Museum, a game room, a colored glass stairwell that goes up a few floors, and many more exciting features. 

Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio
Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio

The Financial Street (Jing An) Centre consists of two office buildings, one high-end residential buildings and a boutique SOHO apartment unit. The programme is distributed within four individual volumes. The residential and office towers - linked by a ground floor retail layer - are placed across the site to optimise sun orientation and reduce the casting of shadows on the plot, while simultaneously reducing impact on the surrounding buildings.
The facade design for Jing’An Plaza was developed around two principle elements. The horizontal ribbons that wrap around balconies and facade openings and the vertical shifts in the ribbons towards the main street which add a vertical articulation to the buildings and ground them on the site.
Large glass openings allow natural light into the buildings, creating optimal interior lighting conditions for the different functions and ensuring spectacular city views. On the lower levels the buildings connect to a park setting with greenery and water features. 

Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio
Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio

The Financial Street (Jing An) Centre consists of two office buildings, one high-end residential buildings and a boutique SOHO apartment unit. The programme is distributed within four individual volumes. The residential and office towers - linked by a ground floor retail layer - are placed across the site to optimise sun orientation and reduce the casting of shadows on the plot, while simultaneously reducing impact on the surrounding buildings.
The facade design for Jing’An Plaza was developed around two principle elements. The horizontal ribbons that wrap around balconies and facade openings and the vertical shifts in the ribbons towards the main street which add a vertical articulation to the buildings and ground them on the site.
Large glass openings allow natural light into the buildings, creating optimal interior lighting conditions for the different functions and ensuring spectacular city views. On the lower levels the buildings connect to a park setting with greenery and water features. 

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Shake / Kokaistudios
Shake / Kokaistudios

Located in the center of Shanghai, Shake is an upscale venue dedicated to soul music and to bring excellent food and beverage experience to the city. Taking inspiration from the style and the energy of 1960s, Kokaistudios created immersive and memorable experience for guests as if stepping back in time when walked in the door.

Upon stepping through the front door of Shake, visitors are invited to travel back in time into an environment similar to a soul music supper-club in 1960’s New York. The oval shaped marble bar is one of the central features of the space. Uneven floor heights allow guests at both the front and the back of the bar to have unblocked views of the stage. The undulating golden wave panels on the ceiling connect the bar to the stage, forming the heart of the project. The panels fill both an aesthetic and acoustic role to filter and distribute the sound emanating from the stage throughout the club. The stage was designed to host a full soul band including a piano and a horn section and to be levelled with the main floor, so as to create a sense of intimacy between the band and the audience. This focus on intimacy and the primacy of the musical experience led to a space with multiple floor levels in which every seat, from two-person high tables to the banquettes, provides clear line of sight to the stage, allowing the audience to feel involved in the show. As live music is only performed three nights a week, the designer created a sliding door system that could cover the stage, as well as a full DJ setup for spinning music during the rest of the week. In Shanghai’s competitive nightlife scene, Shake stands out with its sophisticated combination of world-class soul music and innovative dining & drinking. It is a new milestone in Kokaistudios’ practice of creating bespoke F&B environments. 

Shake / Kokaistudios
Shake / Kokaistudios

Located in the center of Shanghai, Shake is an upscale venue dedicated to soul music and to bring excellent food and beverage experience to the city. Taking inspiration from the style and the energy of 1960s, Kokaistudios created immersive and memorable experience for guests as if stepping back in time when walked in the door.

Upon stepping through the front door of Shake, visitors are invited to travel back in time into an environment similar to a soul music supper-club in 1960’s New York. The oval shaped marble bar is one of the central features of the space. Uneven floor heights allow guests at both the front and the back of the bar to have unblocked views of the stage. The undulating golden wave panels on the ceiling connect the bar to the stage, forming the heart of the project. The panels fill both an aesthetic and acoustic role to filter and distribute the sound emanating from the stage throughout the club. The stage was designed to host a full soul band including a piano and a horn section and to be levelled with the main floor, so as to create a sense of intimacy between the band and the audience. This focus on intimacy and the primacy of the musical experience led to a space with multiple floor levels in which every seat, from two-person high tables to the banquettes, provides clear line of sight to the stage, allowing the audience to feel involved in the show. As live music is only performed three nights a week, the designer created a sliding door system that could cover the stage, as well as a full DJ setup for spinning music during the rest of the week. In Shanghai’s competitive nightlife scene, Shake stands out with its sophisticated combination of world-class soul music and innovative dining & drinking. It is a new milestone in Kokaistudios’ practice of creating bespoke F&B environments. 

Taian Table / A00
Taian Table / A00

Michelin-starred restaurant Taian Table, designed by a Shanghai design firm, A00.

Taian Table / A00
Taian Table / A00

Michelin-starred restaurant Taian Table, designed by a Shanghai design firm, A00.

Jinghope Villas / SCDA Architects
Jinghope Villas / SCDA Architects

Designed by Singapore architecture firm SCDA, Jinghope Villas are located in close proximity to the world-famous Humble Administrator's Garden in the city of Suzhou. The villa exteriors incorporate features of traditional architecture from this region. White walls together with dark grey accents present a simple and elegant Suzhou style. The interior decor of the villas exemplifies contemporary Asian design styles. 

SCDA is a multi-disciplinary architectural practice established in 1995. Principal, Chan Soo Khian was the recipient of the inaugural President’s Design Award, Singapore Designer of the Year and is part of the Panel of Designers for Poliform in Milan. 

SCDA’s designs strive for tranquility and calmness qualified by space, light and structural order.  Architectural expressions are distilled to capture the spiritual essence of ‘place’. Its architecture and interiors are inspired by the cultural and climatic nuances of its context, integrating landscape, water features and blurring the distinction between interior and exterior.  Spaces are often characterized by lush gardens, water courts and air wells, engendering a sensuous engagement with the elements. Projects display sensitivity to the inherent beauty of natural materials expressed through clarity in construction details and elemental architectural expression.

University of Chicago Hong Kong / Robarts Spaces
University of Chicago Hong Kong / Robarts Spaces

University of Chicago Booth School Interim Campus is located in the Cyberport area of Hong Kong Island. It is surrounded by lush green mountainscapes and beautiful ocean views. The design firm, Robarts Spaces, was inspired by the unique setting. Elements of bay, dock, ocean blue, and garden green were woven into the design and details of various areas.
 

ZUCZUG / AIM Architecture
ZUCZUG / AIM Architecture

ZUCZUG/ is a fashion brand that pursues individualism and equality with its original and comfortable clothing. 
AIM Architecture upholds these values with the clean, simple, and elegant design of the brand's new store in IFC Mall, Shanghai.
Natural wood patterns on custom-designed furniture compliment the simple clothing styles. White ceramic tiles provide a neat and unobtrusive backdrop.

Xintiandi Mirror Lane / UNStudio
Xintiandi Mirror Lane / UNStudio

Designed by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio, this mirror lane installation conceptually explores the symbiotic relationship of cultural reflections that occur between the city's occupants and urban landscape. It frames the entrance of the Xintiandi Style Retail Mall and twists through the space in one long architectural gesture. 

Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office
Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office

MDO have completed the first two of four office towers in Xi’an’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.  The towers are the 2nd phase of a larger office campus masterplan.  At the centre of the new design is a landscaped park which acts as a green community focus for the entire campus.
A previous masterplan included all the office accommodation arranged in a single block, and MDO reorganized this area into 4 towers, creating more view corridors through the site and to the park, less overshadowing and better leasable office floor plates.
Facade
The 4 towers are designed as two pairs that are mirrored off an existing central axis.  The brief called for economic floor plates and a cost effective façade.  Recesses, obtrusions, all of these would add cost; instead we decided to treat the facades as a skin which could be enriched through careful composition, proportion, and detail.
The façade is vertically organized into bands, which increase in height as they rise, giving the towers a greater vertical emphasis.  The curtain walling is either full height glass or Apple silver aluminum panels. The proportion of glass increases the further you rise up the building.
Local codes require opening vents for smoke clearance, which usually result in awkward and unsightly windows. We wanted to maintain a clean unobstructed glass panel so decided to hide the vents behind louvered screens.  These allow the occupants to open the façade to receive fresh air without effecting the expression of the façade.
Lighting
At night we imagined the towers to create an abstract play of light, referring to arrangements of binary codes.  Aluminum panels were folded outwards to create light slots which can be seen only from certain angles. This means as you walk past, the 4 towers subtly change in appearance.
Entrances
At the base of the towers the façade is lifted up to create double-height entrance lobbies, connecting the towers directly to the landscape.  The module of the curtain wall increased so there are less visual obstructions to the view of the park.
The lobbies are treated as flexible spaces where people can work, meet and relax on specially designed furniture. To contrast against the metallic exterior, the interior spaces are lined at lower level with slatted bamboo walls, whilst above gentle folds of aluminum turn into the façade.

Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office
Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office

MDO have completed the first two of four office towers in Xi’an’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.  The towers are the 2nd phase of a larger office campus masterplan.  At the centre of the new design is a landscaped park which acts as a green community focus for the entire campus.
A previous masterplan included all the office accommodation arranged in a single block, and MDO reorganized this area into 4 towers, creating more view corridors through the site and to the park, less overshadowing and better leasable office floor plates.
Facade
The 4 towers are designed as two pairs that are mirrored off an existing central axis.  The brief called for economic floor plates and a cost effective façade.  Recesses, obtrusions, all of these would add cost; instead we decided to treat the facades as a skin which could be enriched through careful composition, proportion, and detail.
The façade is vertically organized into bands, which increase in height as they rise, giving the towers a greater vertical emphasis.  The curtain walling is either full height glass or Apple silver aluminum panels. The proportion of glass increases the further you rise up the building.
Local codes require opening vents for smoke clearance, which usually result in awkward and unsightly windows. We wanted to maintain a clean unobstructed glass panel so decided to hide the vents behind louvered screens.  These allow the occupants to open the façade to receive fresh air without effecting the expression of the façade.
Lighting
At night we imagined the towers to create an abstract play of light, referring to arrangements of binary codes.  Aluminum panels were folded outwards to create light slots which can be seen only from certain angles. This means as you walk past, the 4 towers subtly change in appearance.
Entrances
At the base of the towers the façade is lifted up to create double-height entrance lobbies, connecting the towers directly to the landscape.  The module of the curtain wall increased so there are less visual obstructions to the view of the park.
The lobbies are treated as flexible spaces where people can work, meet and relax on specially designed furniture. To contrast against the metallic exterior, the interior spaces are lined at lower level with slatted bamboo walls, whilst above gentle folds of aluminum turn into the façade.

The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN
The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN
Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio
Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio
House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios
House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios
Google Beijing Office
Google Beijing Office
Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio
Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio
Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios
Shake / Kokaistudios
Shake / Kokaistudios
Taian Table / A00
Taian Table / A00
Jinghope Villas / SCDA Architects
University of Chicago Hong Kong / Robarts Spaces
ZUCZUG / AIM Architecture
Xintiandi Mirror Lane / UNStudio
Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office
Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office
The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN

An adaptive reuse of a historical building in Shanghai China, The Living Room is built to create walkable, mixed-use alternatives to China’s rampant urbanization. The center is a hub for services including family therapy, art therapy, yoga, a health-oriented restaurant with food and beverage programs, and a small-scale urban farm. 

The interior was designed by noted New York architect and designer Calvin Tsao of TsAO & McKOWN. Shanghai-based architecture firm, Neri & Hu, designed the exterior of the building. 

From the venue: The Living Room by Octave is our flagship wellbeing center offering integrated and customized wellness programs delivered by a group of world-class practitioners. The exterior was designed by Neri & Hu and the interior was designed by noted architect and designer Calvin Tsao. It also houses a gourmet, organic, natural restaurant, Thought for Food, and a Children's Enhancement Center for kids ages 6 months to 3 years. Our facility is located on Jianguo Xi Lu in the heritage area of Shanghai, and is equipped with advanced air filtration which cleans up to 0.002 μm PM2.5. We also have running water reaching international quality standards. 

The Living Room by Octave / TsAO & McKOWN

An adaptive reuse of a historical building in Shanghai China, The Living Room is built to create walkable, mixed-use alternatives to China’s rampant urbanization. The center is a hub for services including family therapy, art therapy, yoga, a health-oriented restaurant with food and beverage programs, and a small-scale urban farm. 

The interior was designed by noted New York architect and designer Calvin Tsao of TsAO & McKOWN. Shanghai-based architecture firm, Neri & Hu, designed the exterior of the building. 

From the venue: The Living Room by Octave is our flagship wellbeing center offering integrated and customized wellness programs delivered by a group of world-class practitioners. The exterior was designed by Neri & Hu and the interior was designed by noted architect and designer Calvin Tsao. It also houses a gourmet, organic, natural restaurant, Thought for Food, and a Children's Enhancement Center for kids ages 6 months to 3 years. Our facility is located on Jianguo Xi Lu in the heritage area of Shanghai, and is equipped with advanced air filtration which cleans up to 0.002 μm PM2.5. We also have running water reaching international quality standards. 

Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio

Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. It is a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure located in Hangzhou, one of China's most picturesque cities. Situated 180 kilometres south-west of Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of China's most prosperous cities, especially renowned for its scenic landscapes. Located in Qianjiang New Town near the Qiantang River, this mixed-use development forms a prominent landmark in Hangzhou's new central business district, with a total area of almost 400,000 square metres spread across the two 250-metre towers, the podium building and the surrounding plaza.

Raffles City Hangzhou / UNStudio

Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. It is a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure located in Hangzhou, one of China's most picturesque cities. Situated 180 kilometres south-west of Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of China's most prosperous cities, especially renowned for its scenic landscapes. Located in Qianjiang New Town near the Qiantang River, this mixed-use development forms a prominent landmark in Hangzhou's new central business district, with a total area of almost 400,000 square metres spread across the two 250-metre towers, the podium building and the surrounding plaza.

House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios has completed the renovation of a historical villa, located in the heart of the city’s former French Concession. The villa was transformed into the home for a Shanghai-based Haute Couture brand, Grace Chen. The project encompasses the architectural renovation and interior design of the villa, as well as a new glass pavilion display and event space. 

Taking inspiration from Grace Chen’s beautiful and intricately crafted clothing, Kokaistudios developed a design strategy that is feminine and elegant, yet completes the classic design of the villa with a touch of modernity.

Kokaistudios embarked on an architectural restoration of the building that valorized the villa’s original features, including the French doors, the inlaid marble mosaic flooring on the upstairs terrace, as well as the beautiful facade brickwork. 

The entrance to the villa is marked by a large black and bronze weaved metal gate, the design of which was inspired by one of Grace Chen’s designs. It provides privacy, coupled with a strong sense of arrival. 

The villa overlooks a courtyard that was completely re-designed to meet the client's needs, functioning as an event space and an area for hosting small fashion shows.

The architect divided the villa into a series of areas, with a progression from the public areas on the ground floor to the most private areas on the third floor.

The ground floor hosts the main showroom and lounge area. The show-kitchen and dining area has direct access to the courtyard.

The fitting rooms and offices are located on the second floor. The architect settled on a palette of colors and a range of natural materials, together creating a comforting environment that acts as a supporting backdrop to the client's beautiful couture creations.

While much of the custom-made cabinetry and display mirrors were designed in a style to complement the historic nature of the villa, the architect chose to contrast them with features and finishes that were intentionally modern.

The interior space uses furniture and fixtures from noted domestic and international producers, such as pieces by Flos, and Murano glass lamps designed and produced in Italy by the family of Filippo Gabbiani, Chief Architect of the project.

The third floor is taken up by the intimate library as well as the VIP suite for out-of-town guests. Exposed bricks were finished in a simple dove grey paint, giving the space a more unfinished feeling.

This intimate and elegant space is an area for reflection and exchange, envisaged as a “salon” of old times.

House of Grace Chen / Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios has completed the renovation of a historical villa, located in the heart of the city’s former French Concession. The villa was transformed into the home for a Shanghai-based Haute Couture brand, Grace Chen. The project encompasses the architectural renovation and interior design of the villa, as well as a new glass pavilion display and event space. 

Taking inspiration from Grace Chen’s beautiful and intricately crafted clothing, Kokaistudios developed a design strategy that is feminine and elegant, yet completes the classic design of the villa with a touch of modernity.

Kokaistudios embarked on an architectural restoration of the building that valorized the villa’s original features, including the French doors, the inlaid marble mosaic flooring on the upstairs terrace, as well as the beautiful facade brickwork. 

The entrance to the villa is marked by a large black and bronze weaved metal gate, the design of which was inspired by one of Grace Chen’s designs. It provides privacy, coupled with a strong sense of arrival. 

The villa overlooks a courtyard that was completely re-designed to meet the client's needs, functioning as an event space and an area for hosting small fashion shows.

The architect divided the villa into a series of areas, with a progression from the public areas on the ground floor to the most private areas on the third floor.

The ground floor hosts the main showroom and lounge area. The show-kitchen and dining area has direct access to the courtyard.

The fitting rooms and offices are located on the second floor. The architect settled on a palette of colors and a range of natural materials, together creating a comforting environment that acts as a supporting backdrop to the client's beautiful couture creations.

While much of the custom-made cabinetry and display mirrors were designed in a style to complement the historic nature of the villa, the architect chose to contrast them with features and finishes that were intentionally modern.

The interior space uses furniture and fixtures from noted domestic and international producers, such as pieces by Flos, and Murano glass lamps designed and produced in Italy by the family of Filippo Gabbiani, Chief Architect of the project.

The third floor is taken up by the intimate library as well as the VIP suite for out-of-town guests. Exposed bricks were finished in a simple dove grey paint, giving the space a more unfinished feeling.

This intimate and elegant space is an area for reflection and exchange, envisaged as a “salon” of old times.

Google Beijing Office

After ten years in the previous office, Google Beijing moved to a new location in Zhongguangcun, China's Silicon Valley. On the very first day of business, Googlers were thrilled with the new space and eager to test out the new facilities. On top of standard office facilities, the office also has a Google Museum, a game room, a colored glass stairwell that goes up a few floors, and many more exciting features. 

Google Beijing Office

After ten years in the previous office, Google Beijing moved to a new location in Zhongguangcun, China's Silicon Valley. On the very first day of business, Googlers were thrilled with the new space and eager to test out the new facilities. On top of standard office facilities, the office also has a Google Museum, a game room, a colored glass stairwell that goes up a few floors, and many more exciting features. 

Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio

The Financial Street (Jing An) Centre consists of two office buildings, one high-end residential buildings and a boutique SOHO apartment unit. The programme is distributed within four individual volumes. The residential and office towers - linked by a ground floor retail layer - are placed across the site to optimise sun orientation and reduce the casting of shadows on the plot, while simultaneously reducing impact on the surrounding buildings.
The facade design for Jing’An Plaza was developed around two principle elements. The horizontal ribbons that wrap around balconies and facade openings and the vertical shifts in the ribbons towards the main street which add a vertical articulation to the buildings and ground them on the site.
Large glass openings allow natural light into the buildings, creating optimal interior lighting conditions for the different functions and ensuring spectacular city views. On the lower levels the buildings connect to a park setting with greenery and water features. 

Financial Street (Jing An) Centre / UNStudio

The Financial Street (Jing An) Centre consists of two office buildings, one high-end residential buildings and a boutique SOHO apartment unit. The programme is distributed within four individual volumes. The residential and office towers - linked by a ground floor retail layer - are placed across the site to optimise sun orientation and reduce the casting of shadows on the plot, while simultaneously reducing impact on the surrounding buildings.
The facade design for Jing’An Plaza was developed around two principle elements. The horizontal ribbons that wrap around balconies and facade openings and the vertical shifts in the ribbons towards the main street which add a vertical articulation to the buildings and ground them on the site.
Large glass openings allow natural light into the buildings, creating optimal interior lighting conditions for the different functions and ensuring spectacular city views. On the lower levels the buildings connect to a park setting with greenery and water features. 

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto / Kokaistudios

Brasserie Restaurant & Lounge in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, designed by Kokaistudios.

The new Four Seasons hotel is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden.

Shake / Kokaistudios

Located in the center of Shanghai, Shake is an upscale venue dedicated to soul music and to bring excellent food and beverage experience to the city. Taking inspiration from the style and the energy of 1960s, Kokaistudios created immersive and memorable experience for guests as if stepping back in time when walked in the door.

Upon stepping through the front door of Shake, visitors are invited to travel back in time into an environment similar to a soul music supper-club in 1960’s New York. The oval shaped marble bar is one of the central features of the space. Uneven floor heights allow guests at both the front and the back of the bar to have unblocked views of the stage. The undulating golden wave panels on the ceiling connect the bar to the stage, forming the heart of the project. The panels fill both an aesthetic and acoustic role to filter and distribute the sound emanating from the stage throughout the club. The stage was designed to host a full soul band including a piano and a horn section and to be levelled with the main floor, so as to create a sense of intimacy between the band and the audience. This focus on intimacy and the primacy of the musical experience led to a space with multiple floor levels in which every seat, from two-person high tables to the banquettes, provides clear line of sight to the stage, allowing the audience to feel involved in the show. As live music is only performed three nights a week, the designer created a sliding door system that could cover the stage, as well as a full DJ setup for spinning music during the rest of the week. In Shanghai’s competitive nightlife scene, Shake stands out with its sophisticated combination of world-class soul music and innovative dining & drinking. It is a new milestone in Kokaistudios’ practice of creating bespoke F&B environments. 

Shake / Kokaistudios

Located in the center of Shanghai, Shake is an upscale venue dedicated to soul music and to bring excellent food and beverage experience to the city. Taking inspiration from the style and the energy of 1960s, Kokaistudios created immersive and memorable experience for guests as if stepping back in time when walked in the door.

Upon stepping through the front door of Shake, visitors are invited to travel back in time into an environment similar to a soul music supper-club in 1960’s New York. The oval shaped marble bar is one of the central features of the space. Uneven floor heights allow guests at both the front and the back of the bar to have unblocked views of the stage. The undulating golden wave panels on the ceiling connect the bar to the stage, forming the heart of the project. The panels fill both an aesthetic and acoustic role to filter and distribute the sound emanating from the stage throughout the club. The stage was designed to host a full soul band including a piano and a horn section and to be levelled with the main floor, so as to create a sense of intimacy between the band and the audience. This focus on intimacy and the primacy of the musical experience led to a space with multiple floor levels in which every seat, from two-person high tables to the banquettes, provides clear line of sight to the stage, allowing the audience to feel involved in the show. As live music is only performed three nights a week, the designer created a sliding door system that could cover the stage, as well as a full DJ setup for spinning music during the rest of the week. In Shanghai’s competitive nightlife scene, Shake stands out with its sophisticated combination of world-class soul music and innovative dining & drinking. It is a new milestone in Kokaistudios’ practice of creating bespoke F&B environments. 

Taian Table / A00

Michelin-starred restaurant Taian Table, designed by a Shanghai design firm, A00.

Taian Table / A00

Michelin-starred restaurant Taian Table, designed by a Shanghai design firm, A00.

Jinghope Villas / SCDA Architects

Designed by Singapore architecture firm SCDA, Jinghope Villas are located in close proximity to the world-famous Humble Administrator's Garden in the city of Suzhou. The villa exteriors incorporate features of traditional architecture from this region. White walls together with dark grey accents present a simple and elegant Suzhou style. The interior decor of the villas exemplifies contemporary Asian design styles. 

SCDA is a multi-disciplinary architectural practice established in 1995. Principal, Chan Soo Khian was the recipient of the inaugural President’s Design Award, Singapore Designer of the Year and is part of the Panel of Designers for Poliform in Milan. 

SCDA’s designs strive for tranquility and calmness qualified by space, light and structural order.  Architectural expressions are distilled to capture the spiritual essence of ‘place’. Its architecture and interiors are inspired by the cultural and climatic nuances of its context, integrating landscape, water features and blurring the distinction between interior and exterior.  Spaces are often characterized by lush gardens, water courts and air wells, engendering a sensuous engagement with the elements. Projects display sensitivity to the inherent beauty of natural materials expressed through clarity in construction details and elemental architectural expression.

University of Chicago Hong Kong / Robarts Spaces

University of Chicago Booth School Interim Campus is located in the Cyberport area of Hong Kong Island. It is surrounded by lush green mountainscapes and beautiful ocean views. The design firm, Robarts Spaces, was inspired by the unique setting. Elements of bay, dock, ocean blue, and garden green were woven into the design and details of various areas.
 

ZUCZUG / AIM Architecture

ZUCZUG/ is a fashion brand that pursues individualism and equality with its original and comfortable clothing. 
AIM Architecture upholds these values with the clean, simple, and elegant design of the brand's new store in IFC Mall, Shanghai.
Natural wood patterns on custom-designed furniture compliment the simple clothing styles. White ceramic tiles provide a neat and unobtrusive backdrop.

Xintiandi Mirror Lane / UNStudio

Designed by Dutch architecture firm UNStudio, this mirror lane installation conceptually explores the symbiotic relationship of cultural reflections that occur between the city's occupants and urban landscape. It frames the entrance of the Xintiandi Style Retail Mall and twists through the space in one long architectural gesture. 

Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office

MDO have completed the first two of four office towers in Xi’an’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.  The towers are the 2nd phase of a larger office campus masterplan.  At the centre of the new design is a landscaped park which acts as a green community focus for the entire campus.
A previous masterplan included all the office accommodation arranged in a single block, and MDO reorganized this area into 4 towers, creating more view corridors through the site and to the park, less overshadowing and better leasable office floor plates.
Facade
The 4 towers are designed as two pairs that are mirrored off an existing central axis.  The brief called for economic floor plates and a cost effective façade.  Recesses, obtrusions, all of these would add cost; instead we decided to treat the facades as a skin which could be enriched through careful composition, proportion, and detail.
The façade is vertically organized into bands, which increase in height as they rise, giving the towers a greater vertical emphasis.  The curtain walling is either full height glass or Apple silver aluminum panels. The proportion of glass increases the further you rise up the building.
Local codes require opening vents for smoke clearance, which usually result in awkward and unsightly windows. We wanted to maintain a clean unobstructed glass panel so decided to hide the vents behind louvered screens.  These allow the occupants to open the façade to receive fresh air without effecting the expression of the façade.
Lighting
At night we imagined the towers to create an abstract play of light, referring to arrangements of binary codes.  Aluminum panels were folded outwards to create light slots which can be seen only from certain angles. This means as you walk past, the 4 towers subtly change in appearance.
Entrances
At the base of the towers the façade is lifted up to create double-height entrance lobbies, connecting the towers directly to the landscape.  The module of the curtain wall increased so there are less visual obstructions to the view of the park.
The lobbies are treated as flexible spaces where people can work, meet and relax on specially designed furniture. To contrast against the metallic exterior, the interior spaces are lined at lower level with slatted bamboo walls, whilst above gentle folds of aluminum turn into the façade.

Xi'An GLP I-Park / More Design Office

MDO have completed the first two of four office towers in Xi’an’s Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone.  The towers are the 2nd phase of a larger office campus masterplan.  At the centre of the new design is a landscaped park which acts as a green community focus for the entire campus.
A previous masterplan included all the office accommodation arranged in a single block, and MDO reorganized this area into 4 towers, creating more view corridors through the site and to the park, less overshadowing and better leasable office floor plates.
Facade
The 4 towers are designed as two pairs that are mirrored off an existing central axis.  The brief called for economic floor plates and a cost effective façade.  Recesses, obtrusions, all of these would add cost; instead we decided to treat the facades as a skin which could be enriched through careful composition, proportion, and detail.
The façade is vertically organized into bands, which increase in height as they rise, giving the towers a greater vertical emphasis.  The curtain walling is either full height glass or Apple silver aluminum panels. The proportion of glass increases the further you rise up the building.
Local codes require opening vents for smoke clearance, which usually result in awkward and unsightly windows. We wanted to maintain a clean unobstructed glass panel so decided to hide the vents behind louvered screens.  These allow the occupants to open the façade to receive fresh air without effecting the expression of the façade.
Lighting
At night we imagined the towers to create an abstract play of light, referring to arrangements of binary codes.  Aluminum panels were folded outwards to create light slots which can be seen only from certain angles. This means as you walk past, the 4 towers subtly change in appearance.
Entrances
At the base of the towers the façade is lifted up to create double-height entrance lobbies, connecting the towers directly to the landscape.  The module of the curtain wall increased so there are less visual obstructions to the view of the park.
The lobbies are treated as flexible spaces where people can work, meet and relax on specially designed furniture. To contrast against the metallic exterior, the interior spaces are lined at lower level with slatted bamboo walls, whilst above gentle folds of aluminum turn into the façade.

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