Maike Midwest Inland Port Financial Town, Xi'an

Designed by: Hallucinate Design Office
For client: Maike Metals Group Floor area: 320000.00 M² Year of completion: 2016
Nominated for: Large Office of the Year

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Lobby 1

About the Project

Maike Metals Group (Maike) is one of China’s biggest non-ferrous metal suppliers and traders with the largest trading volume of copper cathode. The interiors are unconventionally designed in an open and tranquil style to underline the importance of the project as the first platform in Midwest China to fill the gap of continuous transactions of the actuals and highlight its endorsement of modern trading. A moderate approach was adopted throughout the overall logic of design as well as the selection of materials and functional elements in order to create a lasting visual appeal and enhance the completeness of this comprehensive project.

What’s unique about it

A steady and gentle interior lighting is achieved by adopting an outdoor illumination plan, casting the light through the three black metal pillars of different heights to the ceiling of the lobby and forming a diffuse reflection through the geodesic dome. The interior walls are covered with grids formed by tailor-made extruded aluminum sections of special dimensions melded with LED P60 electronic display units and sealed with a translucent resin coating to soften the brightness of the information display on the grids. The grids with information display have formed a new structure and interior façade.
Instead of designing a conventional office building, we would like to present a modern and minimalist atmosphere through making use of unusual material, lighting and furniture in a space of 27m height 40m width.
Through modifying the structure of the space, we have changed the impression of stiffness and inflexibility of office spaces. The concept of "floor" is strengthened by turning each floor into independent unit of a boathouse. We have convinced the landlord to add two heavy black cross staircases in the middle of the cabin in order to enrich the circulation between the two independent boathouses. After measuring the angle of sunlight at noon in Xian, we have modified the structure of the glass ceiling.

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Lobby 2

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Lobby 3

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Atrium

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Atrium

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Atrium

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Small Meeting Room

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Trading Hall

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Elevator Hall

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Lecture Hall

Credits:
Wenliang Wang

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Armstrong Ceilings

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