Universal Music Publishing Group
600 sqm
Design Team
Simon Berg, Yumin Pua, Tiger Li
Vincent Wu

The Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) project sees an old factory warehouse converted into a state-of-the-art music workplace with songwriter rooms, a large event lounge and an urban roof terrace for hang outs. Completed in 2021, the two-story 600 square meter office is an airy, dynamic space that conveys a sense of creative freedom - an ideal destination for musical production in Shanghai.
The façade features a gold powder-coated canopy and industrial doors with an engraved UMPG logo, creating a fresh presence to contrast the original factory building. Inside, all non-load bearing walls were removed to brighten and open up the space, which features a scaffolded staircase at its center, adorned with gold and platinum records engraved with the lyrics of the company’s artists. The ground floor primarily serves as a welcome area and songwriter lounge, featuring a stage niche framed by two LED screens for presentations, events, and parties.
Quieter and more subtle, the second floor is designed to comfortably accommodate working musicians. The existing structure was converted into 5 songwriter rooms - isolated acoustic environments that meet the highest industry standards, providing total sound-proofed privacy and solitude for vocal recordings. Upstairs, the rooftop features a bar lounge and open terrace space with a long, built-in bench, sun sail, and a flexible furniture arrangement for parties.
anySCALE creates contrast by integrating softer, warm aesthetics to accentuate the original industrial character of the old warehouse.  Plaster was removed from the walls to reveal raw brickwork – scratchy walls juxtaposed by the addition of soft acoustic panels, fine textiles, and sleek metallic materials. Meanwhile, a modern linear lighting system complements the natural wooden floors and ceilings, lending the office a warm and comfortable feeling.
The space embodies the musical spirit of the company in a setting that is elegant, relaxed and inspiring, fit for both formal meetings and jam sessions. anySCALE’s realized UMPG office concept fluidly incorporates the new with the old, creating an environment that is conducive to creativity and collaboration.