The new Shanghai office inspired by the basics of biology

18 February 2020

The Prism Design concept for this office’s collaboration-minded interiors is “Mitochondria and chloroplasts”. The offices are split into membranes, mitochondria-inspired partitions which form the walls of a powerhouse actually visible to the naked eye: each space is built to encourage creative and strategic cross-pollination between people, their ideas and environment.

The e-commerce and social media marketing company Unbot’s 2,000 sq-m new office is designed by Prism Design to increase operational efficiency and organizational strength as the number of employees increased due to the business expansion. 

Unbot's new office space aims to achieve both economic development and the resolution of social issues combining virtual and reality in a space where all employees can easily create natural and high-quality communication.

The Prism Design team likens the office microcosm to the anatomy of a cell: mitochondria and chloroplasts generate energy for the cells in which they live, and each organelle possesses unique DNA and functions within the exterior world through a complex series of membranes.

In the lobby, a neon-yellow backsplash sets a lively tone for the rest of the office. The interiors’ color accents are principally neon-yellow and sage-green – yellow referring to the sun rays needed for photosynthesis, and green to chloroplasts.

Ellipse-shaped desks and rippled glazing call to mind the sinuous curves of mitochondria cells.

There are several meeting rooms, including a casual interior that encourages free thinking and a room that is ideal for chic and relaxing meetings.

Unbot employees are not left wanting in one corridor, built-in fridges keep workers perpetually refreshed. A kitchen, with millwork made of oriented strand board, overlooks a lounge area where employees can dine beneath the Shanghai skyline. Finally, those dashing off to the gym come five o’clock can change in the company’s white-and-blue locker rooms.

At Unbot, where an employee is viewed as the powerhouse of the (work)cell, Prism Design made sure to design a workspace worthy of innovation.


Photo: Katsumi Hirabayashi