One Plus Partnership
GEMDALE MELLON TOWN, SHENZHEN, CHINA
Meghan Edwards -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
The lobby to this mixed-use apartment complex takes everyone's favorite rapidly renewable perennial to a whole new level. "Bamboo is symbolic in Chinese culture," says One Plus Partnership design director Ajax Law Ling Kit. "Its form and color were the foundation of our design." Clusters of towering metal rods sprout resident mailboxes at varying heights, like a thicket of branching bamboo. It's all powder-coated a saturated lime, as is the ceiling. Tall plastic-laminate light sources, also rodlike, introduce "modern emotion," says codesign director Virginia Lung. But the scored cement flooring randomly embedded with rounds of stainless steel reminds us of dominoes.
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