Since the announcement of its global strategy in 2000, Lenovo has witnessed triumphant international expansion. Over the past decade, it has achieved unprecedented milestones in multiple markets across the globe; offering innovative products and services against a backdrop of disruptive technology, newly emerging sectors and diversified product offerings.
Key to Lenovo’s success are its culture and people. When the firm conceived its new global headquarters in 2012 - a landmark in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Software Park - it was as critical to create an environment that would promote diversity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, as it was to build a state-of-the-art facility.
To achieve this goal, Lenovo engaged its long-standing design partner, M Moser, for the interior and MEP design of its 1.72 million sq. ft project. The campus, delivered in two phases, is currently in full operation.
Phase I: Creating a home for global staff
Adopting a “Continents & Oceans” design concept, M Moser took inspiration from the seven continents, applying representative visual cues to each of the eight floors. The result is a space that reflects Lenovo’s diverse culture and competitiveness in attracting global talent.
Connecting to nature
To enhance a sense of connection throughout the building and provide the opportunity for thousands of staff from various business units to unite, a staff canteen with a maximum 1,500 people capacity has been introduced to the southeast side of the sunken courtyard on floor B1.
The most eye-catching area in the canteen is a 38-metre-long butterfly-patterned wall. During the day, colourful butterflies can be spotted through the curtain wall from outside.
At night, the wall is illuminated, providing a light source for the outdoor courtyard, while complementing the view. By adding a touch of nature to the dining and social experience, the wall creates a fun, relaxing atmosphere in the canteen - a welcome break from the busy working day.
Enhancing efficiency through space optimisation
M Moser was tasked to address the challenge of space efficiency under the existing architectural constraints. Solutions have been addressed in three key areas:
- Optimising the public areas (such as corridors) to free up space for office use
- Refining the floor plan to enhance compactness and create collaborative environments
- Replacing L-shaped workstations with benches to increase office space and enhance flexibility
In addition, M Moser has introduced small collaboration rooms, ideal for two to four people. A new space setting, these rooms have been created to alleviate meeting room shortages, providing flexible spaces that stimulate spontaneous meetings and innovative activities.
Phase II: Setting the standard for a people-oriented workplace
Working hand in hand with Lenovo, M Moser set a visionary goal for Phase II. In addition to reflecting the company’s global vision and diverse culture, the space aimed to facilitate innovation and attract top talent by adopting agile working and a culture that puts human needs at its core.
Continuing the design concept from Phase I, M Moser applied colours, textures and patterns representative of each continent, extending the application from the public area to include meeting rooms and collaboration spaces. These regional visual elements throughout contribute to the dynamic look and feel of the space, enhancing wayfinding, while inspiring creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
Embracing agile working
Considering the fast-changing characteristics of the IT industry, M Moser embraced agile working as the dominant principle for space planning, to support the increasing needs of cross-department collaboration and product experimentation.
Free-address workstations were planned on each floor from 2F to 6F. The spaces provide flexible environments for team members joining from various departments to collaborate on new initiatives. These diverse work settings serve to enhance Lenovo’s culture of rapid innovation and iteration.
Welcoming activity-based working
Taking into consideration Lenovo’s aspiration for highly efficient operation, M Moser has arranged functional spaces along the building core to streamline people flow and save on construction costs.
These spaces include conference rooms, phone booths and collaboration areas. Arranged close to the exterior with large floor-to-ceiling windows, the open space brings in both natural daylight and spectacular views.
Balancing work and life
Continuing the Phase I concept of “work-life balance”, Phase II prides itself in fulfilling the living needs of employees without them having to leave the campus. This has been achieved by providing a variety of restaurants, nursing rooms, a gym, café and one-stop facility for essential everyday services, bringing convenience to the workplace and enhancing fulfilment at work.
M Moser’s comprehensive understanding of Lenovo’s business needs and fast-changing nature of the global IT industry ensured the success of the project. The result is a transformative workspace that supports innovation and diverse product experimentation, while reflecting Lenovo’s global vision.
- Status Completed
- Area 1,720,000 sq. ft
- Completion date 2018
- Location Beijing, China