Zaha Hadid: the bigger, brighter floorplates of China’s groundscrapers

From creating close proximity to co-workers, visibility across large floor plates and designing office space with the qualities of a city, the atrium is the heart of the building, says Ulrich Blum of Zaha Hadid Architects

Ulrich Blum, workplace lead at Zaha Hadid Architects, is working in Asia on the next generation of workspaces that have more open, connected and expansive floorplates than ever before.

In this exclusive interview with WORKTECH Academy, Blum identifies three important factors when considering space: light penetration; field of vision – how many people can be seen from a work desk and across a work neighbourhood; and physical proximity and reach to co-workers.

Blum, a keynote speaker at this July’s WORKTECH Berlin conference, suggests that the atrium remains the key component to achieve better light penetration, visability and communication in offices. What is new is the sheer scale of current schemes by Zara Hadid Architects: two groundscrapers in China, the Soho Galaxy building in Beijing and the Infinitus HQ building, point the way towards bigger, brighter office floors.