Hong Kong’s Warner Music: A Comfortable and Inhabitable Environment to Support Local Artists and Staff

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Bean Buro was appointed to construct an 8,750 sqft headquarters for Warner Music in Hong Kong. The headquarters houses an office building with a direct view of the bay to Hong Kong Island. During the project, the firm was expected to keep the openness of the space while maximizing the views and creating a comfortable and inhabitable working environment that will delight both local artists and the staff. This was achieved by enhancing the interactions across the company.

Warner Music Hong Kong

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The designing team was inspired by the company’s rich music heritage, thus, they designed the building by incorporating classing materials like natural leather, timber, brushed bronze finishes, and textile fabrics.

Asian and European Combo

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The firm decided to maintain the cleanness of architectural surfaces with minimum details including leather handles and metal trims.

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These details actually look complementary to a mixture of Asian and European furniture selected for the music studio.

Create Physical Connection

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In order to create a physical connection between different departments, a full height timber poché wall was installed. It wraps around the central core, establishing a continuous backdrop shared with everyone. It is also utilized in informal seating areas, acoustically insulated phone booths and concealed storages, display niches for vinyl records and musical instruments, as well as expand spatially to create semi-enclosed rooms and a staging area.

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With the combination of dark and light timber with leather and metal details, this architectural element exudes a simple space that also houses a boardroom and two private offices that partially visible thanks to the installation of clear glass walls.

A Social Hub

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Warner Music in Hong Kong provides a social hub in a form of an open, café-like space that functions as a welcoming area for guests as well as an informal workspace for the staff. This social hub also comes with a staging area which is elevated as a box volume containing an artist room, a music room, and executive office.  Audiovisual equipment is adopted in the design for DJ sessions and performances. The space also provides views out into the city, creating an open and light-filled environment.

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