WorldWideWorkplaces is where we take a look at some of the best examples of office design from across the globe. 

This time we take a look at the Midwest Commodity Exchange Centre (MCEC). Maike Metals Group asked Hallucinate Design Office to create a unique look and feel for this massive project.

Midwest Commodity Exchange Center – Xi’an, China

Admittedly, it’s difficult to refer to three towers covering 326,200 square meters as simple, but there is a striking simplicity to the MCEC in the city of Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province.

From the stark white colour of the towers' interior to the subtle curved form of the exterior, it has certain sculptural elements that are reminiscent of the late Zaha Hadid’s architectural work.

It's difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the project, yet the attention to detail inside is truly staggering and the minimalistic style flows easily throughout.

For a huge company involved in commodity trading and one of China's largest suppliers of non-ferrous metals and minerals, Maike Metals Group chose an unconventional approach to the towers' interiors.

They opted for cool, monochromatic minimalism with sensual curves and flowing forms reminiscent of folded paper.

A curved screen of spray-painted extruded aluminium slats sits in the vast entrance lobby.

We particularly love the reflections created on the shiny floor of quartz composite slabs.

The office furniture follows the same sleek curves and crisp, white edges against the dark floor.

The lack of distracting details gives the entire space a feeling of relaxation rather than the stressful life of global commerce.

Perhaps one of the most striking features of the building is the curved staircase in the central court.

The blackened steel balustrades contrast stunningly with the white quartz composite steps.

The auditorium's undulating ceiling not only looks amazing, it has some practical benefits too.

The interior design team at Hallucinate explain that the shape helps to reduce sound reflections and prevent excessive light from projecting onto the presentation screen. 

The asymmetrical arrangement of the oak seats not only follow the curves of the ceiling but also allows allow visitors to move around more freely.

Whether you want to create a minimal, relaxing workplace or you just want to improve the way that people interact with their office space, get in touch with one of our team today.

Photographs: Javier Callejas Sevilla

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