Would you like to work in an all-glass office?


November 21, 2013

The Shanghai-based Glass Office, by AIM Architecture (Photo: Jerry Yin)

The Shanghai-based Glass Office, by AIM Architecture (Photo: Jerry Yin)

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The ubiquitous office cubicle has redefined how much privacy pencil-pushers can expect during their daily grind, but a new office block in downtown Shanghai by AIM Architecture goes much further than this. The futuristic-looking workplace sports glass walls and mirrored ceilings throughout to stunning effect.

In addition to offering fertile ground for office gossips, the unusual interior layout could also potentially reduce lighting energy needs significantly. Unwanted glare would be a definite concern with all the light bouncing around, but the designers note that they incorporated areas of dull stone and carpet in key areas of the floor to combat this.

AIM Architecture also states that the unique design creates a "double reality, that merges with the stunning views of downtown Shanghai." Pretentious perhaps, but once one embarks upon building an office block interior comprised mostly of glass and mirror, it makes sense to just run with it.

Coming back down to earth, the office block was completed earlier this year and forms part of Shanghai's large mixed-use Fuxing Plaza complex. The office units are currently offered for rent, and boast the benefit of offering customers the opportunity to see exactly what they're paying for.

Source: AIM Architecture via ArchDaily

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"The futuristic-looking workplace sports glass walls and mirrored ceilings throughout..."

Other than the hallway, all ceilings are transparent glass, not mirrored.

It might be alarming to see some areas turn blood-red during even small tremors.


Wasn't this the set for a scene from a recent James Bond movie???

Richard Dinerman

Have these architects ever seen the dust and muck on the top of an office ceiling panel? How are you going to clean the top of the glass other than removing every 3rd panel.


I think they SIGNIFICANTLY glossed over the whole glare thing. Imagine trying to work on your computer with the sun in front of you...and then, as the day ages, behind you. Yeah, neat concept, but NO.

Bryan Paschke

Did they photoshop the beautiful sun ray?


A beautiful work of art.

The long term psychological effects and practicality will determine the future of this experiment.

It is work out, I predict it will be used for homes next.

Don Duncan

No way. How's a guy going to be able watch questionable web sites?

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