Description: In order to advance the artistic vibe of the Kunming Office Building, the designers have transformed the original space into an interactive zone by adding several unique art installations to provoke people’s thoughts, sensations and feelings. Kunming is located in the Yunnan province. One of the most famous natural sights in Yunnan is the ‘Stone Forest’, which is a notable set of limestone formations. The tall rocks seem to arise from the ground in a manner somewhat reminiscent of stalagmites, or with many looking like petrified trees, thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Some of the sites have even been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The original design of the first floor lobby was relatively conventional. It required the designers to make significant artistic improvements on the basis of the completed lobby. With a limited budget, the designers spent a lot of time to think of a various form of the design which would still connect with the ‘Stone Forest’ theme. In the end, they came up with an idea to illustrate the Stone Forest in a rather abstract way.

Company: One Plus Partnership Limited

Award: German Design Award (Germany)