opera and other arts and culture through the German Concession period. Waterfrom Design was commissioned by China Resources Land to construct the interior layout of the property sales office (also known as the reception center) in Qingdao, using Wagnerian opera music full of colorful conflicts and surging emotions to reflect the endlessly changing ocean outside the window, incorporating a spatial narrative to compose the continuity made of twists and turns.
The exterior of the building is a performance stage that appears to leap out to sea, with a long, far-reaching glass curtain displaying the concrete curtains that appear on stage. The nine-meter-high structural wall, created by the designer's freehand lines drawn on paper, draws inspiration from the strange rock crevices that lap the shores of the stormy waves, solid and rugged. The spatial volume is the main core of the staircase, alluding to the fact that the people moving through it are like the sea water flowing between the rock crevices, flowing freely, bridging different floors and achieving a vertical functional aesthetic in response to nature.
The entire sales office building is made of a transitional space that connects two buildings in volume. The tiny corridor that connects the two buildings is like the soft music in the prologue of an opera, which makes the mind suddenly calm down, and the exciting emotions driven by the singer are like the ebbing tide of the sea. Immediately afterwards, the next wave rises, compressing and releasing the senses, creating a visual and physical transition. At the front of the space is an organic concrete structure that responds to the waves; at the back of the space is a sloping wall that follows the shape of the building, and a V-shaped column that promotes a geometric dialogue, deepening the aesthetics without elaborating on the simple shape. The entrance and exit of the sloping wall is a lecture hall classroom.
Returning to its original simplicity, the interior structural volume creates the respectability of the sea in a large scale. Through the sea, Qingdao has brought fishing, commerce, art and culture, all of which are now distilled into the historical trajectory of the building. The shimmering light of the water on the pure concrete wall is like a singer's curtain call, gently celebrating the city and nature's time, capable of evoking praises and tears.