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Circa ia completed the design of the offices for Marriott International located in Hong Kong. Working ‘on the road’ raises the issue of keeping a ‘sense of team’ within an organization, & also justification for at times an empty workplace.

With this in mind, Marriott wanted to make a bold change in their Asia Regional Centre to an overall open plan direction; & in the process identify workspace solutions for those teams that were not always office based. Our solution was to create a more personal, semi open-plan workspace language; through landscaping a series of smaller domestic scale areas that created team identity. Each was personalized through introducing a varying texture of custom storage units, lighting type, ceiling details, glazing detailing, flooring, & furniture types.

This openness was balanced with 90% of rooms being made bookable, along with integrating in telephone booths; & designing bench style mtg rooms for brain-storming. Like examples of successful ‘co-working’ centers, a ‘hub’ was also added at the staff & visitor entry point, where the notion of ‘reception’ changed to a ‘help centre + Barista coffee point’; along with a large lounge where staff could come together to meet, present, catch up, have lunch….or just find a quiet spot. In the process a new sociable semi-open workspace was created, where people can come together to be a team & share experiences.

Designed by Circa ia
Photography by Colin Beere

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