When Japanese brand, Unicorn Stores, set out to transform their Hong Kong headquarters, they found UK-trained architects and founders of
“We love to fuse different cultural ideas into our projects. In response to our client’s brand, we took subtle inspirations from traditional Japanese architecture but interpreted them in a contemporary way,” says Faure.
The aim of the project was to transform a traditional
The approach found expression in this Hong Kong project through the use of different types of screens as subtle, porous thresholds.
“For instance, in the reception area, we have translucent fluted glass with a gradient effect to partition the collaboration booths, and tinted glass to partition the reception and the workspace behind it. We also made use of Japanese noren as a soft spacial divider,” notes Faure.
This design philosophy injects a softness and playfulness into interior space. Kinguasa-Tsui explains: “We wanted the reception area to be very welcoming, warm and cosy. Upon entering the reception, employees and visitors use the seating booths for casual meetings. One also gets glimpses of the main workspace beyond the reception without any doors separating the two spaces.”
The reception area sets the tone for the full design and the language of warm materiality continues through to the more recognisably office-like space. Timber is used in various and creative ways, including a gridded lattice lighting system and cladded meeting rooms, to produce an atmosphere of sociability and collaboration.
Similarly, a soft colour palette, including bespoke graphical patterns on privacy screens, contributes to a sense of warmth and spatial flexibility. In fact, this was even reflected in the architectural drawings for the project: a set of plans and sections in playful, soft tones.
It all comes together in an aesthetic language whose coherence begins at the lift lobby as one reaches the floor. Unicorn Stores’ rejuvenated headquarters is found in a vibrant, post-industrial neighbourhood with multi-use buildings nearby. Bean Buro has designed a welcoming workplace with a style that merges
“It was an interior space, but we approached it very architecturally with the use of timber volumes creating a sculptural strategy for all the enclosed rooms,” says Faure.
The result is that this workplace encompasses a range of spaces, each one merging into the next and allowing for the flexibility required of the contemporary office. With warmth, a strong international touch and porous spaces throughout, Bean Buro has put a modern stamp on this workplace.
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