A “maker center” that balances technology and art
Cooler Master是一家以提供计算机散热方案和配套服务为核心的科技公司，30年的品牌发展历程凝结着创新、创造的产品精神以及主动、开放的企业文化。Desfa Group受邀参与象征Cooler Master全新里程碑的办公环境打造，用理性分析与艺术感知相平衡的空间设计策略，探索快速变革的时代下新型办公场景的更多可能性。
Cooler Master is a technology company delivering PC cooling solutions and supporting services. Its 30-year history is filled with the spirit of innovation and creativity as well as the corporate culture built with initiative and openness. Desfa Group was selected to conceive the company’s new Taipei office, which is a new milestone for Cooler Master. With a spatial design strategy that balances rationality and artistry, the project implements many design solutions in today’s rapidly evolving workplace environment.
Desfa Group为Cooler Master打造的创客大楼，座落于高科技产业聚集的台北内湖科技园区，项目范围涵盖1F 接待区、公共区域及办公区，总面积近7000平方米。整体设计遵循企业文化中着重科技与工艺结合的“创客精神”，将产品及服务的逻辑转译为清晰而弹性的空间语汇，演绎几何体量、有机自然、光影艺术互为渗透的现代工作生态。
Cooler Master’s Taipei office, designed by Desfa Group, is located in Taipei’s Neihu Technology Park, where high-tech industries are concentrated. Covering a total area of nearly 7,000 square meters, the design scope includes the entrance lobby, public space, and office areas. The overall design concept follows the “maker spirit” of Cooler Master, emphasizing the harmony of technology and craftsmanship. The brand’s vision on products and services is translated into a design language that has clear and flexible spatial language, ushering in a modern working environment that integrates geometric volumes, nature, light and shadows.
Creative derivation of “museum” thinking
Taking many attributes in Cooler Master’s long history of functional design, Desfa Group created a “museum”-like experience in the reception area at the entrance as a way to celebrate the company’s successful past. Based on the spatial structure created by the architect’s core and shell of the building, the material and color palette of the facade is extended into the lobby on the 1st floor. By doing this, a simple and clean background is created, while reserving space for future art installations.
∇ 1楼大堂外景 1F lobby exterior
∇ 1楼大堂 1F lobby
The main space, which is 30 meters in length, is surrounded by a 7-meter-high glass curtain wall on three sides to bring in natural light and visible natural landscape to maximize the full space.
The slightly sloping ceiling is complemented by linear lighting to strengthen a dynamic floating effect. The ceiling is finished with a high-performance soft-shell sound-absorbing system from Kvadrat, which creates a museum-quality acoustics in the space.
∇ 1楼大堂夜景 night view of 1F lobby
Composed of three staggered interpenetrating blocks, the reception desk in the lobby is inspired by the exterior of the building, appearing like a piece of artwork. Its neat lines and metallic texture take cues from “heat sink”.
The elevator area echoes the lobby. The dark enclosed space, in combination with black mirror reflections, creates an infinite visual effect.
∇ 电梯厅 elevator hall
The continuous cycle of color-changing lighting fits into the concept of Cooler Master’s well known cooling products and corresponds to their use in different scenarios.
∇ 电梯内部 elevator
The underground space continues the stunning lighting and the metallic geometric structures, blending the mystery of futuristic technology with a dramatic immersive experience.
Organically linked “stepped” landscape art
The central atrium space unifies the exterior and interior by extending the pre-cast concrete wall finishing in a coherent manner. Functionality and artistic expression are both emphasized in the design of the staircase that carries the vertical circulation.
The three organic skylights created by the architect are molded in glass reinforced gypsum (GRG) on site. The varying light and shadows introduced into the interior, along with the “breathing” greenery wall, infuses the place with the intimacy and comfort of nature.
∇ 中庭绿植墙 green plant wall
The grand staircase and horizontal corridors converge into the accommodating open shared amphitheater and multi-functional meeting area. This allows the traffic space to be transformed into a public activity area with full extension of flexibility.
∇ 中庭区 atrium
The pebble shape seats scattered in the corners respond to the irregular shape of the ceiling openings, achieving the balance between functionality and the unexpected.
The linear lightings outline the staircase structure that floats within the atrium with changes in height and distance to enhance a unique visual experience. The indirect lighting throughout the atrium space offers the basic lumination while contributing to energy saving and environmental protection with the implementation of smart lighting control system.
Free “modular” office units
The main office area is divided based on internal and external purposes. After in-depth discussion with the client, the design team worked out an optimal solution, which allow maximal flexibility to meet immediate changes in the organization and meanwhile maintain the integrity of the open space and the balance between the different functional areas.
∇ 空间概念图 space concept © DESFA GROUP INC.
∇ 公共走廊 corridor
The multi-functional floor including a showroom area dedicated to displaying the company’s core values and meeting rooms.
∇ 会议空间 meeting space
The exposed ceiling and the interchangeable track light system in the display area is designed to satisfy the needs of various activities such as exhibitions or launches of new products.
∇∇ 多功能区 multi-functional area
∇ 展示区道具概念 exhibition area – system © DESFA GROUP INC.
∇ 展示柜细节 display case detail
Furthermore, the grid wall structure along with the customized mobile display furniture system is designed to meet various display needs.
∇ 多功能区 multi-functional area
The internal office space was designed to create a collaborative, efficient and open working environment.
∇ 核心概念图 concept – functional core © DESFA GROUP INC.
∇ 会议室概念图 concept – meeting hub © DESFA GROUP INC.
∇ 讨论区概念图 concept – meeting points © DESFA GROUP INC.
∇ 讨论区 discussion area
The designers fully utilize the optimal daylighting conditions for the open office space, which responds to the company’s values that emphasizes the staff’s particular mood and needs. By keeping the ceiling exposed with original building structure, the designer implements a double layered track system in black and gray color with a simple shift in position to meet the existing lighting demands and give the flexibility for any future adjustment.
∇ 天花概念 ceiling concept © DESFA GROUP INC.
∇ 开放办公区 open office area
∇ 会面区 meeting area
The enclosed spaces, such as lockers, computer rooms, and telephone booths, etc., are set on the same side of the partition walls to retain visibility and flexibility of the spatial use.
The space is configured with diverse functional areas to meet different activities and requirements for scale and privacy. The interplay between materials and the dotted purple details adds a unique and customized touch to the simple, restrained space.
∇ 开放办公区 open office area
∇ 讨论区 discussion area
Desfa Group透过多维度独立变量的系统整合，将Cooler Master所推崇的“创客精神”落地为表达价值和实现体验的空间媒介，在理性与感性之间升华更具包容度和生命力的办公新内涵。
Through the systematic integration of multi-dimensional factors, Desfa Group interpreted the “maker spirit” advocated by Cooler Master into a spatial medium for expressing values, realizing experiences, and a working environment that promotes greater inclusiveness and vitality with a sense of rationality and sensibility.
室内设计：DESFA GROUP INC.
设计团队：Howard Wang、Michael Dungca、Aleksandra Kaminska、Anja Chen、Noki Lin、Emi Kuo
摄影师：Wu Guo Hao
Project name: Cooler Master Taipei Office
Location: Taipei, Taiwan, China
Category: office interior, co-working interior, office building
Area: 7,013 square meters
Completion time: August 2021
Design scope: public area, office area
Interior design: DESFA GROUP INC.
Design team: Howard Wang, Michael Dungca, Aleksandra Kaminska, Anja Chen, Noki Lin, Emi Kuo
Architectural design: Hsuyuan Kuo Architects & Associates
Photography: Wu Guo Hao