IT Gets an Industrial-Strength Workout at Ideas Lab, a Shanghai R&D Facility by X + Living

LED strips line the corridor leading to restrooms at Ideas Lab, Powerlong Group’s research and development facility in Shanghai by X + Living Architectural Design (Shanghai) Co. Photography by Shao Feng.

A fiberglass-reinforced gyp­sum “experience bucket”—one of six—is outfitted with flat-screen monitors for con­sumer presentations. Photography by Shao Feng.

Café tables, counters, and stools flank the corridor. Photography by Shao Feng.

The experience buckets are inspired by industrial reaction tanks. Photography by Shao Feng.

R&D staff can observe consumers on the ground level from platforms and walkways on the second level. Photography by Shao Feng.

Inside the overhead capsule is co-working space for the R&D staff. Photography by Shao Feng.

Custom balustrades are wrought iron. Photography by Shao Feng.

The lab is housed in a former factory that was given new windows with painted stainless-steel frames. Photography by Shao Feng.

Modeled on steam pipes, ductwork contains the site’s cabling and HVAC systems. Photography by Shao Feng.

A wrought-iron spiral staircase links the ground level to the observation platforms. Photography by Shao Feng.

Four capsules in the upstairs workplace wing house staff restrooms. Photography by Shao Feng.

Sunlight plays on the reaction tank that partially encases the spiral stair. Photography by Shao Feng.

Meandering catwalks lead past the tops of experience buckets to the office wing. Photography by Shao Feng.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: A wrought-iron spiral staircase links the ground level to the observation plat­forms. Photography by Shao Feng.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: The lab is housed in a former factory that was given new windows with painted stainless-steel frames. Photography by Shao Feng.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Staff washroom. Photography by Shao Feng.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Office area on second floor. Photography by Shao Feng.

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