Location: Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Award: Workspace Interiors: Corporate Offices (Under 5000 sqm), Silver, 2023
Design Practice: via
Housed in a New York-style brick building, Contempo is an office space for via, an architecture and interior practice based in Hong Kong. Designed to promote a sense of community and inspire ingenuity, the two-storey office merges fluid work zones with myriad social spaces, drawing on an inventive palette to impart a relaxed, cohesive ambience. Main workspaces are framed by galvanized steel partitions and the emphasis is placed on creating a balance between physical and digital experiences. To facilitate varying workflows, solo work desks are coupled with break-out areas and a private meeting room. The sun-filled café combines a relaxed lounge, barista-style bar and a common area which connects to the lush outdoor terrace.
The two studio floors are linked by a feature staircase, lined in Scandinavian timber with a sculptural balustrade. Contempo’s upper level is a multi-purpose gallery and event space. Internal swing and sliding doors turn the space into a standalone venue for exhibitions and intimate dinners. A striking display of products designed by the firm are set in the corner of the gallery with textured hunter green walls and speckled terrazzo floor.
Photo credit: Kenneth Chao
LIGHTING CONSULTANTS: Spectrum Design & Associates (Asia)
INTERIOR FIT OUT: Alpha Contracting Limited