Kano. cn is an emerging Chinese brand company with a global vision, focusing on office furniture research and development, production, sales and service. Starting from 2019, LYCS Architecture joined with Kano.cn to create the Kano headquarters office space, which is now officially put into use. The project has a total construction area of 7,500 square meters, including conference, design, sales, R&D, training and showroom functions.
The project is located in Anji, Zhejiang, the only ecological county in the country. Under the mist of green water and mountains, Anji is also a major town in China's furniture manufacturing industry, where Kano's headquarters is located. It is part of Kano's intelligent factory, which covers an area of about 200 acres and has a total construction area of over 200,000 square meters.
LYCS Architecture don't design buildings, but intriguing lifestyles. The study of users' real needs is our design's starting point.
The global trade order has become turbulent amidst the epidemic's impact, and the inconvenience of communication has made cross-border trade doubly cautious. Therefore, a standardized and high-end display of the physical industry is essential to flesh out the corporate brand image and win the trust of new trade partners. Providing a high-quality yet inspiring working environment for corporate employees and showcasing Kano's full industry chain integration capabilities from design and development to manufacturing through tours are two core needs we extracted. Thus, the design team developed the strategy "Promenade Workplace."
The office space is designed with a 6-story atrium at its center. The design team created a large revolving staircase that spans all six stories, resembling a stage. It passes through key areas such as reception, meetings, sales, design, R&D, training, showroom, and the president's office, providing a clear picture of how the headquarters operates. The staircase is like a "corridor" bathed in sunlight, with openable skylights to provide ample sunlight and fresh air for employees on all floors, allowing the mind to relax completely between work sessions. The atrium becomes a unique and iconic identity for the company.
The tour starts from the first floor, the vestibule opens to the south, the sunshine, the lawn and the colorful and leisure public space products, the first floor is equipped with a number of different sizes of negotiation, meeting and rest space, the space is abstracted with wharves, containers, trestles and boats, and the door is open to welcome the guests. Pick up the stairs, the second to fourth floors were domestic and international marketing, design and R & D and whole-house customization team, the overall style of the dark through the light, respectively, to business elegance, creative energy, warm and elegant three styles as the theme. The fifth floor is a diversified meeting and training space, with a variety of easy and active training forms to make training no longer boring. On the sixth floor, the administrative floor, the overall style becomes business steady, highlighting the modern business president atmosphere, showing a variety of different personalities of the president of the office space.
With efficient privacy and open communication as the two axes of the spectrum, the design team designed a completely private phone booth, a partially private glass box office, a semi-open grille box office, and a completely open office area open to encourage communication. The different scales and openness of the office areas provide an inclusive, equitable, flexible, sustainable and healthy workspace for all employees, social fears and social cows, each in their way.
Kano.cn's major production lines provide lift tables, telephone booths, office furniture, and wall veneer. Employees are designers, sellers, and first-hand users, constantly iterating and optimizing from the use experience to provide realistic use scenarios for each production line's products.