RoarcRenew was in charge of renovating the third to the fifth floor of Carlowitz & Co. Located in Middle Jiangxi Road, Shanghai, China, the building is known as a co-working space constructed with large natural stones and bricks in 1898. With the renovation, the firm integrated a neo-gothic flair into the eclectic design of the building.
The Carlowitz & Co
Previously, the refurbishment of the building involved reconstructing the architecture from the original wooden structure to a steel one.
However, RoarcRenew opted for the original structure and concrete walls while repairing the architectural texture.
The firm infused historical and cultural breath into the building, oozing the air of a neo-gothic Holy Trinity Church in the eclectic architecture of Carlowitsz & Co.
Arch and axisymmetry
The attic on the 5th floor was re-designed by using the idea of axisymmetry and arch. The firm also divided the space into three parts; two corridors and the main lobby in between. The geometric aesthetics of the space creates a bridge between the old and new look of the building while the fishbone-like arches act as the connection of indoor and outdoor as well s the past and the future. This new design completely represents the Holy Trinity Church.
Curved elements were incorporated to emphasize the eclectic style of the co-working space. You can see the elements from the three-zone construction and arc windows. The materials included three layers. The first layer is marble and terrazzo application, the second layer is the softwood and brick walls, and the last layer is the extremely clean glasses where you can see the original building materials and components.
The building used wooden, curved staircase to connect the lower level and upper level.
This is the look of some offices in the Carlowitsz & Co. Wood materials are dominating the furniture.