WIT Design & Research finished their project The Fintech Office. The space is a user-friendly and co-working environment. The Fintech Office Ⅰ and the Dragon Restaurant made their debut during the pandemic in February, 2020, which made it hard and challenging. Several days later the entire space of the Fintech Office Ⅰ was rented by a former AI scientist at Google, who had decided to start his own business and received funding from Google and Volkswagen. Considering that the limited height of -1F had once hindered the rental business of the building, the deal was a victory for both the developer and WIT, which had undertaken the design for -1F and -2F.
The deal boosted the confidence of the developer and only three months later, Fintech was launched with its cost per square meter nearly 20% higher, which meant WIT was “free to install terrazzo tiles for the floor” However, at this time the pandemic loomed over the office market and the government was calling for remote working.
In October 2020, within the first week of completion, a database company rented the triangle-shaped space of FintechⅡ, which before renovation had been in a miserable condition. However, another AI company was not so lucky-failing to secure the rental of the space, it requested that the developer arrange for WIT to design another office space of the same quality in the building. According to the son of the company’s investor who had returned from the US, the office is “even more comfortable than home”.
At the end of 2020, a Fintech investor made a call to Luo, founding partner of WIT: “I’ve decided to invest in Fintech Ⅲ. Let’s collaborate again, before the end of the year.” For WIT, the invitation not only marked progress from designing for the underground space to designing for the standard office space above ground but was also an opportunity to explore how to make conventional office space unconventional, and to increase Fintech brand awareness.
After Fintech Ⅲ had been kept for the use of the investor himself for a year, more and more potential tenants came to visit the space and tried to negotiate the rental of the space. The competitive price eventually attracted the developer to rent out the space. In the meantime, the Fintech Office began to receive invitations for cooperation, including from the operator of an existing building of over one hundred thousand square meters wishing to use its brand, design and management service.
Over the past two years, the Fintech Office has thrived amid the pandemic. The office space and Dragon Restaurant, funded by the developer of the building and designed by WIT Design & Research, have offered “an ideal dining experience and “a one-minute living circle” to stressed-out professionals in the Fintech industry who are in pursuit of peace of mind, and they serve as an example of an office community breaking the spell of the business slump in the rental industry. That’s how the brand Fintech Office, together with the Dragon Restaurant, which offers the best dining environment of all the other restaurants in the chain throughout China, was born.
Project Name: Fintech Office
Client: Fintech Office
Project Location: Beijing, China
Space Area: 4500㎡
Completion date：Fintech OfficeⅠ: Feb.2020；Fintech OfficeⅡ: Nov.2020；Fintech OfficeⅢ: June.2021
Interior Design: WIT Design & Research
Lead Designer: Zhenhua Luo
Design Team: Gongpu Zhao, Qianxuan Niu, Rui Tao, Changxin Tian, Lin Yang, Yanli Zhang, Liang Zhao, Ming Zhang, Yongcheng Xia, Yaqi Zhang, Wenyi Chen
Photography: One Thousand Degree Visual
Project Planning: Le Brand Strategy Agency
Copywriting Agency: NARJEELING
MainMaterial: GRG, terrazzo tiles, LG film