LAAB designed and built an airy space for the Cartier North Asia and Hong Kong team in Jardine House, one of the most iconic modern architecture in Hong Kong.
Circular moments, such as furniture, fixtures, and architectural details, are designed throughout the space in response to the emblematic round window of the Jardine House as well as the product portfolio of Cartier.
Bespoke details crafted with leather, fabric, glass, and brass embody Cartier’s emphasis on craftsmanship. Mundane proprietary file cabinets are enhanced with on-site hand-stitched leather sleeves.
Round corners, curvilinear walls, and halo light troughs create a soft, inspiring, and relaxing work environment. Inherited from the Cartier headquarters in Paris, the white and wood walls help to curate a soft and warm ambiance.
We also designed a flexible spatial arrangement to prepare the Cartier office to meet the ever-changing demands of office desks while facilitating collaboration among colleagues, which was impossible in the previous office where all spaces were fixated and partitioned.
The Directors’ rooms are surrounded by open workspaces to allow natural light to penetrate to create an open, airy work environment for everyone. Semi-enclosed rooms with sculptural oak wood fins were designed for Directors, offering privacy while allowing friendly access to colleagues. A smart and neat wall cable trucking allows flexible reconfiguration of desks when there is a change in headcount or team configuration.
Telephone booths and small meeting pockets fill the break-out areas to reduce the demand for large meeting rooms. The big meeting room can also be flexibly rearranged and combined to accommodate meetings of different sizes.
The pantry is envisioned as a collaborative area, with small round tables designed for casual encounters and ad hoc meetings. The furniture in the pantry can be easily reconfigured to cater to different meeting sizes. A 5-meter-wide TV wall is available in the pantry for town hall meetings with colleagues in different global offices, which was not possible in the old office. USB power outlets are ubiquitous in the office to facilitate work and meetings.
Interior Design, Contracting, Furniture Design; Fabrication
Central, Hong Kong
Cartier, Richemont Group
Otto Ng, Ethan Chan, Felix Chiu, Emily Fok, Miu Pun, Daisy Lam, Mandy Sin, Benji Poon, Humphrey Keung, Reagan Lee, Yazh Yip, CK Wong, Catherine Cheng, Kevin Chau, Roy Kwok, Chun Hang Yip