Lacime ARCHITECTS has transformed a property with several run down buildings in Shanghai, China, and changed it into a bright and welcoming office building.
Here’s what the building looked like before…
The architects explain that the reconstruction project was to have a “P.U.R.E.” quality in design (P: peaceful, a peaceful palace in the city; U: urban, urban is the background; R: regeneration, give the old building a new appearance; E: ecology).
The simple white exterior of the building features angled frames, and is like a beacon of light for the surrounding neighborhood.
Other design elements add even more light to the building. In the side alleys, what were once a dark and uninviting spaces, have been transformed into bright alleys with hidden lighting.
The lighting runs from the building, across the ground, and up onto a decorative fence.
The decorative fence also has hidden lighting beneath it, that guides visitors around the property.