The new Taiwan Glass office building, in Fujian on mainland China has now been commissioned after a 9-month construction period. The concept, design, detailed planning and interior design were all handled by Architekturbüro Philipp Mainzer. The concept for the building was, from the outset, dedicated firmly to the topic of "glass". The idea was to ensure that the architectural image chosen enabled the building to function as prime advertising for the company. This goal has been consistently realized in close collaboration with the client.
Thanks to the recessed concrete plinth, the glass superstructure truly seems to float. It is made of transparent glass and offers many views into the reception area, the company showroom and one of the three restaurants. Together with Architekturbüro Philipp Mainzer the experts at Taiwan Glass developed a special glass for the façade of the upper storeys that, by virtue of a coating partially applied to the panes, has reflective properties on the outside side and thus reflects the sun light while providing an unhindered view from the inside outwards.
The material involved is a low-e glass that has both strong solar protection properties while allowing for good light transmission. The reflective solar and dazzle protection on the inside of the panes further minimizes heat radiation inside the building. The reflective elements increase upwards, mirroring the surrounding landscape. As a result, the building seems to more or less dissolve into the countryside depending on the time of day.
A restrained range of materials have been chosen for the interior. Both the lobby and executive areas, as well as the office floor, have been clad in oak. Alongside e15's mass-produced "Byron" lounge chair in the entrance zone, most of the conference and working tables are variants on products by the renowned German furniture-maker. Floors boast a local natural stone that provides a flowing transition from the inside to the outside world.