Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise

Mininglamp Technology,
Beijing

Mininglamp Technology, a leading enterprise AI product and service platform in China, is booming. En route to expansion and cohesive development, it needed to consolidate several offices in Beijing under one roof.

Carrying out architecture analysis and optimisation, strategic planning, interior design, and MEP services, M Moser has transformed the existing site into a high-performance space that supports growth.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section
Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section
Project highlights
  1. Executed innovative urban planning concepts in the “Mininglamp Avenue” and “Tomorrow Square” - two components that activate social interactions within the 10,000 sq-m floorplate;
  2. Performed structural feasibility studies and built an internal staircase to enhance vertical connection and movement;
  3. Created diverse settings to support work and wellness objectives.

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The urban workplace

A stand-alone building, the site was primarily used for industrial purposes with limited office functions. While it enjoys quietness away from the bustling streets, its floorplate posed a challenge – the size reaches 10,000 sq-m, almost 10 times the size of a typical work floor. This required innovative layout planning to ensure intuitive user interactions.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section
Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section

Addressing the challenge, the team turns to urban planning. Designing each floor with the fundamental functions of a city in mind, the layout features a major avenue (Mininglamp Avenue), a central square (Tomorrow Square) and numerous neighbourhoods (work areas).

Circulation has been planned around Mininglamp Avenue, intersecting with other pathways for easy movement. Breakout areas are distributed on both sides of the avenue to encourage informal work activities.

Linked to a staircase and café, Tomorrow Square is a multifunctional,  flexible space for social, meetings and casual work.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section

Each floor includes designated work and non-work areas, similar to public squares and neighbourhoods planned to consider density.

Activating vertical connection

Connecting two floors, the Mingα Staircase features shared amenities such as fitness area (linked at both ends), a strategy to maximise space utilisation and chance encounters.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section

A spiral staircase with marble steps near the main entrance strengthens the accessibility of the two floors. Curated planting creates a vibrant atmosphere. The crystal ceiling lighting forms in an upward spiral to symbolise a pioneering and innovative corporate culture.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section
Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section

Providing various work settings

Based on prior workplace studies, a series of work settings have been arranged to support all kinds of activities. These include booths near the entrance for spontaneous meet-ups, meeting rooms of difference scales, a large training room, as well as phone booths and other collaboration areas.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section
Designing for wellness

A people-centric workplace, the headquarters adopts a series of measures to prioritise wellbeing. The layout maximises daylight, while smart-control enabled lighting addresses the challenge of the large floorplate to bring comfort to users at all corners.

WELL standards have guided the design, improving elements such as air, water, thermal comfort, light, and mind. Natural materials have been selected to create a healthy environment conducive to performance.

Leveraging urban planning concepts in a new headquarters for China’s leading AI enterprise section
Introducing urban planning concepts to guide this ambitious project, we combined expertise in architecture, workplace strategy, interior design and engineering to create a human-centric workplace. Supporting Mininglamp’s vision, the new headquarters champions the firm as an innovative leader in the AI industry.
  • Status Completed
  • Area 270,000 sq-ft
  • Completion date 2020
  • Location Beijing
  • Photographer Vitus Lau

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