2021 IID 🏆 Awards

Bronze Winner | Extending from and Blending into Earth ——New office of Atelier D+Y | Atelier D+Y

The office is located on the south side of the office park, with a row of bamboos on one side of the adjacent public walkway. In the sunlight, the dappled bamboo shadows fall inside.

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Bronze Winner
International Interior Design Awards 2021

Extending from and Blending into Earth ——New office of Atelier D+Y
Office Building Interior Built

Atelier D+Y

Linglin Yan

Design Team
Guo Donghai, Yan Linglin



©Xiyang, Atelier D+Y

With a height difference of 1 meter between exterior and interior, the exterior landscape shall rise to the eye level along the steps downward, flooding inside like a miniature garden. The change of the height relationship makes the “magnified” plants the focus of the interior space.

How shall the interior design work in cooperation with the exterior landscape?

Ⅰ. All scenes incorporated in an empty space — an “empty” space can accommodate the bamboo landscape, drawing dynamically changing light and shadow into the interior.

Firstly, try to place use functions on the edge. To be specific, in the sunken area, the north side is used as the office area, the west side is used for reading and discussion, the south side close to the corridor is for display, and the east side next to stairs is for resting and receiving visitors.

With functions on the edge, the furniture needed all grow from the walls and floors, so as to reduce the sense of intrusion to the “empty” space and retain the “spaciousness” in the space.

In the bookshelf area to the west, the concave wall and the convex diaphragm are connected softly.

On the window side, two curves intersect. The higher bar, stretching out from the wall below the window, is blended with the wall. The lower curvilinear volume, connected to the ground at the entrance, falls into the sunken area and disappears into the wall, forming a booth for people to rest.

The walls, ceiling and furniture, transited with a curve on different edges, form a unified entity with soft and fuzzy boundaries.

The furniture blend into the boundary, leaving an “empty” space in which the swaying bamboo shadows fall.

As time goes by, the bamboo shadows slowly move from the sunken area to the entrance, and then disappears, bringing the space back to the “empty” state.

Ⅱ. All made of earth — “earth” is used as the main material for walls, floors and ceilings.

Natural clay is used for the walls, top surfaces and cabinet doors, while micro cement of the same color, better in hard-wearing and waterproof, is used for the floors, bar and work table. During the construction, uneven marks were deliberately left with the scraper to enhance the natural roughness of the clay, thus forming a natural primitive cave space.

The booth and bar with the texture of earth, as well as the falling steps, irradiated with sunshine, look dimensional as a sculpture. Besides, the mini landscape of bamboos outside the window fits right into this big sculpture.

The surface of the red volume at the entrance is made of clay and straw, corresponding to the traditional rammed earth construction techniques.

Against the red wall made of straw and clay, the earth-colored wall seems to be exquisite and warm.

Ⅲ. Continuous bamboo landscape — continuous green plants outside echo the interior landscape.

The structural columns in the middle are covered with mirror stainless steel, absent through reflection.

On the table top close to the column, stainless steel bars form a frame, with fine white sand and a rare fern inside. The natural linen, as the backing, bears the sunshine and bamboo shadows, shaking slightly in the wind. The “scenic frame” becomes an interior light box deep in artistic conception.

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