Bean Buro design for the new Uber Hong Kong office takes inspiration from the writings by Gottfried Semper on vessels, where he described the notion of form and function acting as a structured whole, with individual parts fulfilling their own function while cooperating with others to achieve an overall aim and effect.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The brief was to consolidate various small individual offices into one larger space of 9,000sqft in Causeway Bay Hong Kong, to strengthen the departmental connections for the growing operations in the city, and to continue to develop the global brand culture and identity in the way they work locally.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Referencing the local urban life, the reception introduces vibrantly coloured tiled walls and floors, contrasted with handcrafted neon signage, while a padded felt wrapped reception desk is reminiscent of luxurious car seating. An intricate wall art by local artist Bao Ho envisions a floating city vessel, packed with Hong Kong landmarks, futuristic transports and lucky Feng Shui symbols for the company. Staff is in turn encouraged to express themselves creatively through writable walls and columns.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in June 1016 in Hong Kong and finished in October 2016 in Hong Kong.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Each individual part of the vessel was a variety of work spaces equipped with their own privacy control such as misty gradient glass partitions or curtains. Work clusters occupy the open neighborhoods, each with access to shared supports and collaborative work zones. The work clusters can be rearranged to match the constantly changing needs of the company.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
It includes a collaborative bar island, stage seating, and a 20m long signature Bean table with integrated cushioned seats facing the city racecourse and sports grounds.
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The space was designed humanly to connect people, reflecting the company ethos. Thus the heart of the workplace is a cafe pantry, designed to support large social events, independent working and informal meetings.
The design was very challenging in the way it had to balance the need for confidential work and the inclusive brand narrative. In order to preserve the general visual transparency across all the main open spaces, the solution is to have various glazed partitions to physically divide the sensitive areas away from the general open areas. Each individual part of the vessel was a variety of work spaces equipped with their own privacy control such as misty gradient glass partitions or curtains. Work clusters occupy the open neighbourhoods, each with access to shared supports and collaborative work zones.
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Image #1: Courtesy of Bean Buro, Uber Hong Kong, 2016
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