Flamingo Shanghai is an insight and strategy consultancy firm founded in 2009 with offices in London, Mumbai, New York, Singapore and Toyko and they commissioned the Chinese architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu to convert an industrial building in Shanghai into an attic office space.
The wooden volumes create a modern contrast with raw concrete fittings and the pitched roofs ensure abundant natural light inside for the meeting rooms. The main concept was to create a “space of quiet and rational thought” combining different experiences through the variance of light and scale.
The original building received an A-frame steel roof and the house-shaped units wanted to emphasize the verticality of the interior by attracting attention to the sloped roof. There are concrete partitions throughout to define the circulation routes and to separate the workstations with their wooden desks.
Aside from the workpods there is a boardroom, breakout areas, participant rooms for the research groups and observation rooms in the roof structures, offering an overview of the surroundings.