dgj153 China Duty Free Ltd , Hong Kong, HK , 2010

Headquarter Office


A 400 square meters office space for the new headquarters of China Duty Free Limited in Hong Kong. The new office will host the General Manager, 6 directors, and 18 employees, and provide a meeting room, a conference room, archive, and storage spaces.

In order to avoid the sudden boundary between inside/outside the office, depth has been given to the entrance, gently moulding the surface of the outer wall into the door, and shaping the desk. Once stepped into the lobby, visitors find themselves yet in the middle of the room, and the inclined reception desk addresses to the meeting rooms and the working areas.

The wooden cladding and the mood of shapes - straight lines into curves - make the entry space look as carved out. The furnishing elements are read as part of the same architectural gesture and not as free-standing objects. The outer walls curve into the office framing the door. One of them slopes down, hiding the wardrobe behind, and creating an articulated desk. The other wall, backing 90 cm, allows enough space for a built-in sofa as waiting lounge.

Floors are treated with three different floor-tiles, optimizing the sound insulation, applied in different inclinations in order to lead visuals through the sequence from a space to another. Colours are chosen in relation to the luminosity of the spaces (a light Coriander for the working spaces, a mid-tone Peppercorn for the directional spaces, and the darkest Burnt Chocolate for the circulation zones).

project period Mar 15 2010 - May 01 2010
useCommercial. Office Building
address East Ocean Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Granville Rd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
floor area 360 m²
building volume 97,200 m³
client China Duty Free Ltd
commissionDirect Comission
project team: DGJ Rotterdam, CJHY Shenzen
project partner: A+ Architecture Plus Ltd
project status: built work