Digital Design and Fabrication Reaching New Heights in Hong Kong, China / by camiel weijenberg

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This office interior on the 50th level of the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China building in Central, Hong Kong, is the second project Weijenberg is designing for an online betting company in China. The look and feel of this workspace interior follows the previous project in Shenzhen, while exploring new techniques, textures and forms.

Flow and fluidity are the core principles of the forms adopted in both projects, taken from the nature of money flows in the online betting business, and spatially interpreted in wood and marble. In Hong Kong, a ribbon-like wooden form wraps and flows through the space, across walls, furniture and ceilings, creating quiet spaces and framing spectacular views to the harbour and Kowloon Bay.

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Using parametric design tools, the Weijenberg team arrived at a visually powerful and materially efficient design – a sculpturally beautiful, yet practical solution.

The walls and seats are fabricated from Ash Wood in a material-saving process that involves gluing together smaller square-sections before CNC milling the final shape. 5-axes CNC robots are used to fabricate the wooden form in sections in a workshop in Nantong. These are transported to Hong Kong where they are being put together piece-by-piece on site. The reception counter and tables are machine-sculpted from White Marble, quarried from Quyang in Hebei Province, China.

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This high-profile project demands a speedy installation process with minimal construction time on site. This is being achieved by close collaboration between the Weijenberg team and the fabrication team led by artist-sculptor Mr. Wang in Nantong, China.

The project is due for completion by the end of March this year.