Uber HK Workplace Office by Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Uber HK

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Workplace Office

INSPIRATION:
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.

TAGS:
Bean Buro, Uber, Hong Kong, architecture, interior, workplace, office, Causeway Bay, innovative, designer

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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.

CHALLENGE:
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.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-25 08:21:05

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Courtesy of Bean Buro, Uber Hong Kong, 2016
Image #2: Courtesy of Bean Buro, Uber Hong Kong, 2016
Image #3: Courtesy of Bean Buro, Uber Hong Kong, 2016
Image #4: Courtesy of Bean Buro, Uber Hong Kong, 2016
Image #5: Courtesy of Bean Buro, Uber Hong Kong, 2016

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
© Bean Buro Limited 2017. All rights Reserved.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.beanburo.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Bean Buro

PROFILE:
The studio is an emerging architecture and interiors practice from London and Paris, led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, with a team of international designers to provide architecture, interior, installation, furniture, product and masterplanning design services. The Hong Kong studio was opened in 2013. The diversity of the practice with its collaborators reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to the exchanges of global cultural narratives, incorporating overlapping design disciplines specializing in the social, economical and political production of urban spaces. We believe architecture is an emotional, spatial experience produced by both the user and the author. Our design methodologies stem from the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual narratives. These narratives, or ‘stories’, generate dynamic exchanges of historical, environmental, cultural and social factors, resulting in highly inventive interventions while preserving plenty of intellectual wit. COLLABean, as an integrated part of Bean Buro, is a trans-disciplinary platform for collaborations between practice, research and academia. COLLABean can provide design research services for business organisations, and wherever appropriate, to involve specialists’ input from a network of highly reputable designers, academicians and researchers in the design field. The practice has since produced a string of successful interior architecture projects for luxury residential clients as well as workplace designs for reputable companies such as Cheil, Leo Burnett, Warner Music, and has been awarded Silver Winner in the Asia Pacific Interior Design Award 2015, Runner Up in Architizer A+ Awards 2015, Gold, Silver & Bronze Winner in the A’ Design Awards, and Finalist Winner of the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award. The studio has a rigorous methodology of exploring spatial narratives through conceptual drawings and models that explore the humanistic aspects of design, and has been featured on Archdaily, Elle Decor and Wallpaper* Magazine.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Uber Hk Workplace Office by Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Uber Hk Workplace Office by Lorène Faure & Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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