The Xicheng District is the largest in the old city section of Beijing, and a bustling blend of traditional and new China. The Beijing TRT Cuihe Healthcare Experience Center, for example, embodies its brand of Chinese traditional medicine in a forward-thinking space by local firm AFFD Space Design Firm.
“The inspiration comes from the nimbleness and endurance of water,” says chief designer Gao Zhigiang. Overhead lighting resembles pools of water, while plants grow with reef-like pockets in the walls. LED strip lights ebb and flow around the rounded corners of meeting rooms, outlining a circulation path that includes plenty of private areas, a key consideration for the center’s elderly clientele.
“The essence of design is to create a more reasonable style of living for mankind. Our users cannot feel the boundary between indoor and outdoor,” Gao says, proving his point with a concept that relegates borders to the past.