Former Missile Factory Now An Industrial Office Space | The Garage By Neri&Hu
Shanghai-based design firm Neri&Hu recently completed the conversion of a former missile factory in Beijing into a modern office. Named The Garage, the space also hosts a cafe and car repair workshop. The latter component was the primary influence upon the architects’ work. The largely industrial-style space features steel staircases that rise up three stories, dominating the interiors. Lashings of concrete furniture and walls round out the refined look. Timber desks and elegant floorboards on the mezzanine levels, as well as brass detailing found throughout, create warmth and offset the industrial aesthetic. Neri&Hu’s goal was to create a somewhat homage to the charm and glamour that was once synonymous with cars.
The architects left much of the former missile factory’s original structure untouched. However, they did craft a third level out of a steel frame structure. Natural light is brought in by the plethora of windows that dot the front of the building, while numerous desk and hanging lamps bring warmth and further illumination into the space.
The Garage by Neri&Hu delivers a wealth of interior design inspiration, whether you’re decking out a former missile factory or simply just your home. We love the way the concrete contrasts with the timber, the way the warm lighting plays off the brass details. It’s great proof that an industrial aesthetic can still be an inviting space.