the Transparency in Physics – Interior and Exterior The new premises of PMT Partners are located in the west of Dongheyong River, an ancient riverway in Guangzhou. This site is the junction of Yuexiu and Dongshan in downtown Guangzhou. Located at the foot of the Yuexiu Mountain, the premises neighbor the Zhujiang New Town in the east and the old downtown in the north, surrounded by aged buildings. The outline of the city is fragmented into pieces by the skyscrapers, arousing the attempt to explore and imagine the whole picture of this city.
History is not a diachronic process where cultures of different ages and forms distribute and evolve in a chronological and spatial order. Instead, they co-exist and expand in a synchronic and irreversible manner.
PMT hopes to create and explore more possibilities about this city in this mixed and synchronic context. The transparent glass walls draw the outdoor landscapes closer to the indoor space, creating a collage of the working scenes and the urban landscapes.
the Transparency in Phenomenology – Corporate and Private According to the Gestalt psychology, we tend to imagine the whole picture at the sight of several fragments. When there are several groups of information, our brain would automatically classify it and imagine the complete image of each group. This is like the cubist paintings, where different sides of one object, even those during different periods, are all presented on the canvas. The multi-dimensional objects are compressed in all directions, forming a shallow space.
When designing the new office, PMT tries to build the fuzzy and inter-correlating relations among several fragmented shallow spaces that could be interpreted from different ways. The transparent space rhythm is subject to changes, uncertainties and ambiguity. As a prelude to the whole space, the entrance creates a mysterious hue, arousing the curiosity in the visitors. In the dark space, the reflection of the LOGO forms a complete “+-”, interpreting the name of PMT with the combination of illusion and reality.
The basic construction materials, such as bricks, wood, steel and glass, are built into the installations that tell the stories behind. The glass bricks on the I-shaped steel column are like gems, each inscribed with a date and a name, suggesting that the growth of the firm is impossible without the dedication of each member.
In addition to clear direction guidance, the angles of the walls at the entrance also enhance the perspective relations in the pace, and, together with the dark ambience, create the deep and adventuring atmosphere. This dark space forms a sharp contrast with the bright spaces in the office areas.
The folds in the office area stretch the space in the east and north, generating three equally important sections. In the west is the open office area; in the west is the director’s office; and between the west and east parts is a public space, which allows for diverse interpretations.
Each shallow space can serve the meeting, entertainment and get-together purposes. They can function both independently and in combinations. Different combinations bring about different visions of the city.
The public space serves the meeting, reception, entertainment and get-together purposes. Different combinations of these areas form different spaces, adjusting the proportions of the office areas and the meeting areas.
The independent shallow spaces can be joined together and, when combined with the outdoor space, form the profound spatial vision relations.When being separated, one shallow space leads our vision to only one fragment, suggesting different perceptions about different locations.
The new office of PMT is designed to achieve the transparency of phenomena and physical objects, endowing the space with more possibilities. The office interacts with the city and people in a changeable space, which reflects the philosophy upheld by PMT: in this non-constant world, plus and minus create new possibilities.
Project Name: The new office of PMT Partners Design Firm: PMT Partners Ltd. Website: www.pmt-partners.com Contact E-mail: email@example.com Principal Architects: HU yan , ZHAO Weihao, ZENG zhe Design Team: LIN Mianshi, LIN Yongjun, DU Shaoxian Photographs: ZENG zhe. Building Area: 280 m2 Completion Year: 2020