There are many forms and different scales of arcs. In this project, we used four arcs of different radians to create the feeling of the galaxy's traction. These arcs are all cut out from tangent circles, not free curves.
We use the curve with a radius of less than 600 mm in the furniture. The arcs with a 1500 mm to 1800 mm radius are used on the massive sphere and walls. The openings on the ceiling are mainly arcs with a radius of 6000 mm. The largest arc with a radius of 30000mm is used on the entire roof. The arcs of various scales are interlaced both in the plan, the elevation, and the entire space. Balanced and full of rhythm.
The statistical median of the size of a human defines the proportions of the parts of a building, its structures, and its interior. The shopping mall typology imposed certain design restrictions. The original ceiling height is 4.6 meters, and the usable height is only 2.8 meters.
Not to be limited to the site condition, we suggest an open curved ceiling to deliberately reduce the space's height and keep the 4.6 ceiling height in key places.
The arc-shaped roof with the highest point of 2.75 meters overlaps the center massive sphere. When the roof reaches the lowest point of 1.25 meters, it meets the wall to create a seamless transition and become a stable fulcrum.
Right above the reception desk is an arc-shaped opening with a radius of 6 meters, which subdue any sense of inhibition and avoids a lot of renovation work of MEP.
Simultaneously, the roof effectively extends the reception to the public realm, achieving a balance between function and form.
Fulfilling the demand for efficiency and functionality is the prerequisite of the design. The space needs to meet eight function needs: brand displays, skin testing and product sales, rest and communication, events and demonstration, care and washing, office, products storage, and a break room for employee.
We created a rising planet, a hidden center tunnel, and two cabin doors along the tunnel to tie all the functions together and denote the inside and outside, defining the public realm and private realm.
An interesting space will trigger people's desire to explore and create an environment where people can meander freely, allowing people to stay, wonder, stare, and rest. At the height of 1.25 meters of the massive sphere and the tunnel, we create a 200mm wide crack/gap on the elevation allow for moments of pause and encounters.
The gaze gap brings the light seeping through space and maintains a visual continuity between the inside and the outside world. As one meanders along the tunnel, it's a discovery journey, even an unexpected journey about time.
Unconventional material choice embodies our desire for exploration. Each material has its own voice. Different material combinations may bring a sense of humor and keep coherence by composition and juxtaposition.
We emphasized four materials with different textures and brightness to accentuate the design concept "Retro-Futurism" while making associations to the desert planet's feeling. The massive sphere and front desk are finished in a rough plaster to bring a desert planet's rustic feeling.
Most of the walls are finished in porous paint to express a soft texture. Matte silver and aluminum plates are used in the internal corridor to describe technology's delicate and calm sense. We us the mirror to activate the space and recall the richness of space.
In terms of brightness control, the darkest gray is used in the sky and the ground to make the activity area stand out and guide the middle level's visual focus. The mirror reflects the browsing customers, lightings, and objects, blurring boundaries and creating an indefinite or vague atmosphere - a kind of phantasmagoria.
The furniture compliments the material palette of a restrained touch of light blue, neon fabric, and wood veneer, adding a layer of warmth that echoes the concept of retro.
Raw and delicate, matte and reflection, linking the human world and technology world, and merging the boundary of the past and the future, offering guests various experiences to explore within the space.