Now a basement coworking space might conjure up images of a dark, dank dungeon of sorts, but Yuan Architects has skilfully managed to create a haven of light in this impressive redo of FutureWard, a multipurpose co-working and gathering space in Taipei, Taiwan.
The only natural light in the space comes in from the sunroof and flows along the white panels that extend down from the ceiling to form the walls, simultaneously defining the structure of the space. Those white panels are spaced in such a way to not only provide a sort of insulation from the sun but also give a rhythm to its shadows as they reflect the light and enable it to dance with the shadows across the room or smoothly spread out in soft sections of light.
The curvature of the arching panels inform the entire space, lending character and form to the ceiling, walls and built-in shelving. The different heights and layers of the groups of panels serves to demarcate different zones, some of which are used for work, meetings, events, leisure and even classes.
The addition of round work tables, centred around plants (a strategy we've seen work well in shared offices before) is a great idea.
For the architects, the aim was to create a "palace of inspiration, imagination, and light" in what was previously a run-down space below ground level -- not an easy task. But from the looks of it, it appears they've achieved it in spades; to see more, visit Yuan Architects.