September 11, 2013
RFP Outstanding Office Space Nomination – VTB Capital
Nominated Project: VTB Capital
Category: Category I: < 10,000 sqf
The project is the first Hong Kong full office for the investment arm of Russia’s second largest bank. Located at Cheung Kong Center, the new premises offered the opportunity to create a prestigious and highly functional interior with superb daylight and views.
Regulatory demands determined much of the layout, as the business units within VTB Capital would need segregation from one another, whilst sharing client areas and support facilities. A large trading floor is the largest single activity and dominates the plan. The Director’s office occupies a large corner office from which the entire operation can be surveyed.
Why it is outstanding
A primary driver in the design was the client requirement to adhere to Moscow head office standards for the reception experience, which in turn needed to segue into client meeting rooms that suit both global and local cultural expectations. Accordingly, the predominantly white reception area, designed in close coordination with Moscow and London senior management, reflects the global brand identity of the Bank. The unexpectedly and somewhat insistently monochromatic room is punctuated by two elements finished in warm walnut veneer – the reception desk and a solid, elliptical coffee table.
The Boardroom and adjoining Meeting Rooms are finished in softer and somewhat less insistent whites and silvers, and the use of walnut veneer becomes a stronger theme. Silver cut-pile carpeting exudes a luxurious hue and appoints the room with sumptuousness, gently contrasting with the cool, pristine arrival experience.
Admission of daylight deep into the plan, in spite of the frequent partitioning of space, became a driving concern. Transparency is deployed wherever possible, and where privacy is essential, translucency conveys a soft glow.
Organisations who participated in creating the office space
Interior Designer – One Space Ltd.
Contractor – IBI
Key Suppliers – Furniture: Posh Furniture, Decca Furniture; Carpet: Tai Ping Carpet; Lighting: Iguzzini Lighting