Project: Phantom Rings, S-Game Office
Location: Beijing, China
Award: Workspace Interiors: Corporate Offices (Under 5000 sqm), Bronze, 2023
Design Practice: LYCS Architecture
Phantom Rings is the new headquarters of S-Game, a leading Chinese independent gaming company famous for its "Phantom Blade" mobile game series. Set in Zhongguancun science park, Beijing, S-Game wanted an extreme office space that would bring the atmosphere of games to real life. The immersive office space features dark aesthetics and continuous curves that echo the game world. Using different levels of darkness, the designers created a rich texture and a sense of layering that extends infinitely, like stepping into a world of shadows. Warm wood tones in tree-shaped canopy structures add clean and powerful curves to the space. The stacking layers with silver-white aluminium panels as sliced edges give the impression of an imaginary energy field being disturbed.
The original site had low ceilings and many columns, which made it difficult to use as an office. The new canopy structures encase the columns to address this issue, creating a visually continuous vertical extension and naturally formed gathering spaces, such as meeting rooms, reception, discussion and recreational areas.
Photo credit: Yumeng Zhu