XZONE Office in Guangzhou, China by AD ARCHITECTURE.
Xie Peihe started up Ad Architecture, the Chinese architecture and interiors studio back in 2015. For a young company, they’ve found themselves very much in the limelight, scooping up both international and local awards for their work.
This time around Ad Architecture’s chief designer Xie Peihe is back on the case with the offices of XZONE in Shantou City, Guangzhou Province, China. Like most of the studio’s work, the interior is simply executed, using ideas that break away from the norm, pushing boundaries, which ultimately give the end user a unique experience.
Take the premise of the basic square box that this space is constructed within. Retaining the steel structure ceiling and using an interplay of geometric elements – semi circles as backs of joinery benches, an enormous ball hung from the ceiling – the relationship between square and round components in the space becomes exciting and original.
“Not restricted to a certain rule, all the elements in the space can form various combinations,” says Xie Pei.
But it’s not just the shapes that make this 280-square-metre fitout so interesting. It’s the use of colour, or lack thereof, combined with the presence of texture. It’s difficult not to make a light grey and white colour scheme come off as prison chic. But here it reads like a sophisticated colour palette, broken only by the palest of pink in the form of wall panels and the infusion of bold, lipstick-red couches in the reception and breakout spaces.
“With the contrast of square and round elements, the ingenious utilisation of materials, colours and formations, as well as application of an abstract concept, we have created a space full of unknowns,” shares Xie Pei.
There is no doubt this is a simple fit-out with its clean lines, uncluttered colour palette and striking but minimal furniture. But it is unquestionably a graceful and elegant space, a monochromatic delight with geometric intrigue.