TEMP has finished an incubator office space in the new business district of Hangzhou, China, which will house a few IT start-up companies. The 2,000sqm office was created for the Knights Group, an investment management company mainly based in New York and China.The project spatially exists as a gradient continuous loop from being totally open and transparent to being more closed and private in order to cover a wide range of different transparencies each space require. Different sets of material palettes also follow the transitioning zones to carefully define each space.

▼入口前台,the reception



The entrance of the office features a large front desk embedded with four 50-inch TVs. The space slowly transitions into an open lounge area with a large fish tank and a bar that faces the river. This lobby space uses different colors and textures of brass, marble, and terrazzo flooring to create a sense of balance between richness and simplicity.

▼开放休息区,the open lounge area




▼不同黄铜颜色的空间过渡,this lobby space uses different colors and textures of brass



The studio has designed four modular types of tea tables to cover the lounge area. They can be arranged freely to accommodate for changing settings like puzzle pieces. Three different finishes of stainless steel were put together to echo the other sets of materials used in the larger environment.

▼自由排列的不锈钢茶几,freely arranged table

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穿过休息区,进入了开放办公区,办公区内置入了几个玻璃会议室供办公团队使用。由TEMP工作室设计定制的黑色钢制办公桌以俄罗斯方块的方式分散在这个长条空间中。它基于600mm x600mm的网格使得空间利用效率很高。然而办公桌的组合方式又是随机的,没有隔墙,鼓励每个团队和个人之间进行沟通协作。

▼开放办公区,the open plan working space


Passing through the lounge space, you enter an open plan working area with pockets of bright glass meeting rooms. Custom-designed black steel desks are scattered across the longer space in a tetris-like formation. The seating arrangement is efficiently based on a perfect 600mm x 600mm grid. Yet it is highly random and has no dividing walls encouraging for synergetic encounters between each team and individual.


The conference room is divided by a two three-meter wide glass doors. The two doors can be closed to divide the large space into smaller meeting spaces. This allows for a more flexible use of space as the largest conference room may only be used only a few times a month.


The investor’s zone is naturally a more private one. Louvers and furniture are carefully placed to create physical semi-transparent boundaries allowing for more subtle interaction between the group members. Each zone is connected through corridors and bookshelves with brass lighting fixtures also designed by the studio.

▼投资者区域,the investor’s zone



The leader’s offices have larger window views towards the river. These spaces are furnished with warmer palettes of materials as carpet, wall fabrics, and wood panels.

▼领导办公室,leader’s office





Photography is by Jin Weiqi.