Hair salon in Beijing fascinates with furnishings full of light and sophistication
The “MQ Studio” hair salon is located in the “China World Trade Center”, in the center of Beijing’s business district, and is surrounded by a variety of fashion shops. The facility therefore had to fit this unique location and connect with the pulsating life of the metropolis. The project was designed and completed by CAA at the end of August 2018. The design is not an ordinary hair salon, but an art sculpture that is exhibited in the center of the China World Trade Center.
Inside the room, a shimmering ceiling refers to a golden river that slowly flows into the distance in the evening light. The golden ceiling sculpture rises from the floating clouds of light and offers visitors an impressive visual experience. This creates a feeling of infinite possibilities, which is common in the vast expanses of the sky.
Make-up mirrors grow like stalactites from the high ceiling at various points in the room. The combination of aesthetics and function is designed to be particularly seamless. The plan of the salon is irregular in shape and has four large inclined support columns.
The unique structure and small space presented various design challenges to the design team. Instead of hiding the industrial facilities behind ceiling panels, the architects opted for highlighting the ceiling portion by using a generative design algorithm to create a stunning parametric shape, the one Wave pattern simulated.
Conceptually, the ceiling should look like the surface of water sparkling under the sun. Highly reflective, gold-colored stainless steel was used to make the ceiling. After examining the reflective properties of the material, the CAA team precisely aligned each surface to refract light at different angles.
Assembling the ceiling was a major challenge for the construction team. Over 300 different hexagons were handcrafted and installed. The conventional soldering process was not possible due to the sensitive material properties. It took the design and construction team several months to come up with the best solution and allow the final installation of the interior artwork.
Location: World Trade Center III, Beijing, China
Area: 150.0 sqm
Project year: 2018
Photographs: Zhuoying Ren, Felix Amiss