They transformed the new office into a home-like workspace.
Expat relocation solutions start-up Dwellworks HK recently moved into their new office at The Hennessy in Wanchai
Paul Lucas, vice president of Dwellworks HK notes that the first two things he checked were the windows and the ambient sunlight.
“When we walked into this high-floor office space at The Hennessy for the first time, my first thought was ‘where’s the view?’ It took a while to see its potential, as the pre-existing layout was cellular with lots of small office cubicles blocking the windows,” he says.
Working with One Space interior architects and managing director Greg Pearce, the new office transformed into a home-like workspace that for Lucas will inspire employees and embody the ideals of the brand.
“Our business is helping newly arrived expats find and create a home so that they feel comfortable and happy in Hong Kong, and I wanted to reflect that sense of being ‘at home’ in our new space,” said Lucas.
Sharing his inspiration for the new office space, Lucas said he envisioned a cosy workspace where the start-up’s nearly two dozen employees would enjoy spending time in. Of course, this would be on top of the usual office must-haves like having collaboration areas, good public transport access, and close proximity to financial services clients in Central.
Paul says to achieve the homey feel whilst maintaining an air of professionalism, One Space proposed introducing warm colors and the use of feature pendant lights. There was also an effort to establish a spacious, open-plan set-up that facilitates interaction and informal communication amongst the Dwellworks team.
Of course, like a true home, the office needed to have as much natural light as possible, which had an extra benefit of delighting visiting clients that were also on the hunt for their perfect home in the bustling city.
“Our hot-desking area is right by the open kitchen in the heart of the office, so team members who aren’t resident at this location feel very welcome. For our clients too, it’s much more a feeling of walking into someone’s home and the atmosphere is very cordial.”
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