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Bean Buro completes interior for Warner Music HQ in Hong Kong

by Cheryl Lau on Nov 15, 2016 in Interiors
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All images courtesy of Bean Buro Limited

All images courtesy of Bean Buro Limited

Bean Buro has designed a 19,000 sq-ft headquarters for Warner Music in Hong Kong 

Given the company's rich and long valued music heritage, the design for the office embraces the use of materials such as timber, natural leather, textile fabrics and brushed bronze finishes to give the office a classical feeling. Blending Hong Kong's culture into the design, there is a mixture of Asian and European furniture used with architectural surfaces kept clean accompanied by subtle details of metal trims and leather handles.

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One of the main features of the office design was to maximise views and maintain the openness of space within the office so that employees can take pleasure in views across the bay to Hong Kong Island while being at work. It is hoped that being in a comfortable and inhabitable environment will elevate interactions across the company and even between different departments.

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A unique trademark worth mentioning is the installation of a full height timber poché wall that wraps around the central core. It forms a continuous backdrop shared by everyone, which aims to arouse physical connection between people. The poché wall comprises informal seating areas, display niches for musical instruments and vinyl, acoustically insulated phone booths, concealed storage, and it also expands spatially to form semi-enclosed rooms and a performing stage area for local artists.

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There is an open "cafe" space office for guests and staff to work if they wish. Within the cafe is a stage area that includes a music room, an artist room and an executive office. Easily seen, the design of the office is coherent in the sense of enhancement of space, openness and informality of seating areas, which fits as an unbounded environment for artists and music staff to seek endless inspiration.

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Every zone in the office is designed to convey a different vibe according to the working nature of each department, and the areas can be marked out by floor finishes. In the central café and performance space, epoxy flooring is intended to stir the industrial history of the area while, in the workspaces, timber flooring offers a warm, domestic feeling.

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