Deborah Wilk | March 01, 2012
Ho developed the concept Between Two Worlds for the 11-story, 265,000-square-foot building, carrying over the previous scheme of an open plan based on workstations, flexible meeting spaces, and break-out areas. Traffic flow through each level's unique configuration is guided by partitions of lacquered MDF strips, steel mesh, or translucent PVC. Flooring is either nylon carpet or bamboo. Energy-efficienct task lamps supplement overhead lighting. Overall, Ho says, the interior expresses "a youthful and creative culture and its unique position between the physical and virtual realities of modern Chinese society." And it's not only Ho who's pleased with the result. Excitement over the building has spread virally among the demographic that Tencent aims to attract. "When I graduate from university," a comment on one of the company Web sites reads, "I want to work in this office."