Neri&Hu’s renovation of an industrial roof space in Shanghai into offices for leading global insight and strategic consultancy Flamingo is inspired by paradoxical and enigmatic notions of the attic as a poetic subject. The insertion of house-like volumes into a landscape of concrete platforms breaks down the homogenous space, such that the roof is not just a singular element, but can be experienced on multiple levels, from various vantage points and on various scales. Moreover, the use of different types of glass conveys the feeling of slight discomfort and reverses the roles of observed and observer.
"Up near the roof all our thoughts are clear. In the attic it is a pleasure to see the bare rafters of the strong framework"- Gaston Bachelard - The Poetics of Space