when the team at waterfrom design was commissioned to complete the interior of ideal gas lab‘s new office in taiwan, they developed a space that makes direct reference to the company’s scientific operations. characterized by the application of steel gas cylinders and exposed pipes, the resulting architecture embodies a very appropriate industrial aesthetic.
all images © kuomin lee
to build many of the furniture pieces, waterfrom collected old steel cylinders of varying sizes and repurposed them as the base for glass-topped office tables. orange was then applied to the steel to represent the color of laboratory buttons. interspersed throughout the entire space, these bright orange cylinders visually highlight the invisible gas the company works with, therefore creating a specific corporate identity for ideal gas lab.
the orange cylinders are applied as desk legs, the bar counter, and even under the 25-person-long desk in the conference room. additionally, the steel cylinders have also been utilized to contain plants, bringing a welcome touch of greenery into the office space. this forest color is also expressed on the floor plane, as green timber flooring traverses the entire floor plan.
the program covers a total area of 2906 ft2 (270 m2) and provides a variety of functions. the scheme includes an open-plan office area, meeting area, a staff kitchen, and various other departments and private offices. overall, with direct reference to the client’s work, the design provides an optimum work environment that effectively highlights the operations undertaken at the gas company.
meeting room detail
project name: ideal gas lab
project type: office
design: waterfrom design
client: jing he science co., ltd
area: 2906 ft2 (270 m2)
program: meeting area, kitchen island area, internet data center, archives room, purchasing department, sales department, accounting department, HR department. chairman’s office, general manager’s office, manager’s office, copying area, storage.
material: recycled steel cylinders, black iron, galvanized spiral tube, metallic paint, two colors abrasive paint, enzyme dyed wooden floor, quartzite, velvet marble.
design period: january 2019 – march 2019
construction period: february 2019 – april 2019
photography: kuomin lee
copyright: waterfrom design
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
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