KMD Convention Center
BEIJING 北 京
The client is a tech company that occupies an entire office building. The renovated interior space is on the top floor of this five storey building. The challenge is to create an introverted and formal conventional space for visiting guests.
Site and Program
The site is composed of a rectangle space, which is formed by three consecutive 8.1m x 8.1m column bay units, and a U shaped space, which is in between the building core and the rectangle space. To take advantage of this configuration, the rectangle space is used for convention hall and grand meeting room, the enlarged parts of the U shape is used for lounge at the south and small meeting rooms at the north, and narrow part of the U shape is used for circulation.
The concept of poche is introduced as to minimize the amount of walls to be built and to maximize the openness of the plan. The poche space is deployed in and around the rectangle space, forming a series of programmable cavity spaces such as storage, display, seating and openings, etc. This concentrated service programs enable the open plan to be used freely.
The cavity space formed by the poche hosts four kinds of doors: pivoting doors for general entry, concealed sliding doors for the grand meeting room, on/off doors at either end of the foyer, and sliding panel doors in the convention hall. The latter two have special built details. Each of the on/off doors is pivoted on the ground and has a dimension of 1.2m in width and 3m in height. They act as on/off switches for the neck of the U space. The eight sliding panel doors are guided on the track in the ceiling and stored in the cavity spaces. They are used to divide the convention hall into two. When these two types of doors work together, they can transform the using scenarios from three meeting rooms to five meeting rooms.
Engineering systems are integrated into the perforated aluminum panel systems for the ceiling. Ambient lighting is placed over the perforated aluminum panels and task lighting is hidden in the slots between the panel groups. Air exhausts and intakes are hidden on top of the slots. Sprinklers are arrayed in alignment with ceiling panels. This minimizes the visual interference from these elements, which stand out quite prominently in public spaces in general.
The materials are applied by different surfaces: two shades of grey carpets for the ground, dark walnut wood panels and white aluminum panels for walls, and white perforated aluminum panels for the ceiling. Dark color is applied to open spaces and light color to intimate spaces, as to create a sense of formality and casualty for these two separately.