A sense of continuity and fluidity envelops the Mu-Mu Photography Studio, designed by Han Yue Interior to feature an interior that makes dramatic use of a flowing open space.
The owner of the photography studio is a wedding photographer who wanted to create a space where young photographers could hone their art. The designers took on the challenge of turning a commercial-purpose industrial warehouse space to make the area all-embracing for any kind of products, shoots and even bridal arrangements. Taking a cue from the post-modernist concept of metabolism, the design company believes that the building is not static, but ever-changing and organic.
By means of metabolism architectural concepts, we hope to make this studio about nature, closer to humanity, and with unpredictable wonders. Instead of most regular photography studios, this project pursues for an organic and diverse and creative space. — Han Yue Interior
The designers’ idea of metabolizing is similar to the notion of flow; to circulate and to recycle, rather than considering architecture as the determinant of the interior. The idea of “flow” lies at the core of the design, underpinning the relationship between the natural and built environment. Experiencing spatial flow is a ride to reinstate balance and harmony. The designers started by thinking about outdoor concepts of nature, using green house plants, perfect window spacing for sunlight and shadows that build ambiance and depth throughout the year, whatever the seasonal changes may be.
Serving the function of both separation and connection, the giant truss bridge attracts attention at the center of the space, where photographers can frame views and shoot photos. While it’s not the only an iconic setting for photo shoots, it can be used by photographer to try out different vantage points. “We backfilled design concepts from outdoors to indoors, and built a giant geometrical bridge”, as explained by the designers from Han Yue Interior. The bridge is part of the adaptive and connective nature of the studio, making the space flow not only transparent but also multi-layered.
“The owner asked for nothing: no styles, the less construction the better, but to consider commercial purposes, we have to make this place ‘special’ to attract the market. Therefore, we back filled design concepts from outdoors to indoors, and built a giant geometrical bridge. The space flow is transparent but multi-layered.” — Han Yue Interior
House in House
A house frame was decorated with sheer drapes and dried flower bouquets, organized in two layers to give the owner a diverse working experience by integrating nature within the man-made house. The light that falls on this space gives the aera a natural, breathable and inspiring ambience. Such that the concept of flow is defined by a sense of continuous, uninterrupted movement and fluidity.
Light and Shadow
Knocking down walls is an ideal way to produce an all-inclusive environment that is perfect for a photography studio. Without any division or hierarchy to obstruct light or views, the open-plan studio allows light to pour freely through the space, delivering a great sense of flow. Creating open flow between different sections makes use of the natural interplay of light and shadows for endless possibilities while shooting photos. Just the way the light floods across the hallway or casts a shadow can result in an atmospheric effect.
“Not only the owner but also other photographers give us great feedback. It’s a good photo-shooting place without boundaries, and adaptive to various industry fields.” — Han Yue Interior
A great sense of flow and depth of space has been established in integration of light and shadow in this open-plan studio. Seeing the interior design through the lens of space flow and fluidity underscores ways in which bonds and boundaries are interrelated and in which relational aesthetics of space takes place.