Camiel Weijenberg, Lili Nyiregyhazi, Chen Qitian, Denise Nicole Lim, Raphael Crespin, Tejas Chavan
WEIJENBERG has completed its high-profile interior design project for 500.com, a Chinese online sports lottery service provider, on the 50th floor of the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. This is WEIJENBERG’s second project for the Nasdaq New York-listed, Shenzhen-headquartered company.
The look and feel of the 500 m2 Hong Kong workspace interior follow the previous project in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Camiel Weijenberg, founder and director of WEIJENBERG, said: “‘Crafting the traditional, shaping the future’ is at the very heart of what we do at WEIJENBERG. Like the 500.com project in Shenzhen, we adopted flow and fluidity as core principles, inspired by flow and spatially materialised in solid wood and marble.”
Using parametric design tools, the WEIJENBERG team arrived at a visually powerful and materially efficient design. A 40m-long wall ribbon-like wooden form wraps and flows through the office space, across walls, furniture and ceilings, creating quiet spaces, storage, server room, WC and pantry while framing views of the famous Hong Kong Harbour, Kowloon Bay and the Peak.
The walls and seats were fabricated from ash wood in a material-saving process that involves gluing together smaller square-sections before CNC-milling the final shape. The latest 5-axis CNC robots were used to fabricate the wooden form in sections in a workshop in Nantong, China. These were then transported to Hong Kong where they were assembled piece-by-piece on site. The reception counter and tables were machine sculpted from white marble, which had been quarried from Quyang in Hebei Province, China.
This high-profile project required a speedy installation process with minimal construction time at the site. This was achieved through close collaboration between the WEIJENBERG team and the fabrication team led by a digital fabrication workshop in Nantong, China.