This entrance space is for a significant genetic science research center in China. Beyond an entry, it is an important threshold between end-users’ daily works and rest. In the existing architectural design, both work and rest spaces are arranged with modular rooms and enclosed corridors. The space is monotonous and confined. Our goal is to break this monotony and confinement, turn the entrance space into a tranquil threshold between work and rest. We relocate the elevator, toilets and stairs in the existing design and make a four-floor-volume lobby, a double-volume exhibition space and a terraced forum space washed with infused daylight. Reconstituted stone and white stucco paint are used to shape the minimal space, and bring light, shadow and people to the foreground. The stainless steel spiral stair in the center abstractly responses to the primary structural form of proteome - the α- helix.
O Studio Architects is an architectural practice devoted to the contemplation, research and design of the contemporary built environment. The practice works internationally on cultural, institutional, commercial and residential projects, providing full architecture, master planning, urban design and interior design services. O Studio Architects has recently focused on projects in Hong Kong and the Greater China region. The practice is currently developing design for eco-city, schools, laboratories, hotels, museums, chapels, artist villages, elderly housing and drug rehabilitation centers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Dongguan and more. O Studio's design team has won numerous international awards and honor including: Young Architect Prize, 2014 Chivas 18 Architecture and Design Awards; Commendation Entry, 2013 WKCD Arts Pavilion Design Competition; Medal of the Year, 2011 HKIA Annual Award for Projects outside Hong Kong; Winner, 2012 Perspective 40 under 40 Award; Winner, 2011 World Architecture Community award; Nominee, 2010 China Media Architecture award, Young Architect Prize; Runner-up, 2010 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition; Champion, 2007 Hong Kong Young Architect Award Competition.