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UK-Headquartered Asset Management Firm

Home-like Haven for Business

Sector
Banking, Finance & Insurance
Type
Workplace
Location
Hong Kong
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UK-Headquartered Asset Management Firm

Home-like Haven for Business

The client is a well-known British financier and philanthropist who co-founded this enterprise in the late 90s and subsequently grew it into a ‘Global Top 20’ hedge fund. The project’s very prescriptive brief demanded that this trading floor-driven business be clearly differentiated from other fund interiors through its uniquely ‘non-corporate’ ambience.

One Space were commissioned – alongside UK-based Design Stories, project manager Merx and main contractor S&techs – to design and deliver these premises both in Hong Kong and in Shanghai. (A further Southeast Asia office is in the works.) The results were a set of atmospheric rooms and spaces that owe more to the hospitality sector than to traditional office design.

Authenticity was an explicit requirement by the client, and thus every element has been either sourced from indigenous architectural relics and lovingly restored, or fabricated from raw natural materials to the design team’s specs.