SHH designs Shanghai Headquarters for leading work space developer KWG Luxury interior and architecture design practice SHH has completed new top floor headquarters for leading Chinese developer, KWG Group holdings, in Shanghai, China. The 32,500 sq ft project unfolds over levels 19 and 20. The new office space strengthens the Guangzhou-based developer’s expansion within mainland China.
Thetwenty-storey building that hosts KWG’s new headquartersis in an office campus just west of the city centre of Shanghai.The premises havebeen designed by SHH to be client-focused, making a strong first impression, while reflecting the quality of KWG’s existing offices in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Visitors arrive at level 19 to a large reception areawhich contains a feature brass wall, and an eight-metre high brass and glass display case to showcase KWG’s development projects. This extends up through a new staircase which leadsto the second reception area on floor 20.
The office space on level 19 provides a boardroom and two secondary meeting rooms boasting views over the Huangpu River.A number of cellular offices for senior staff are located around the perimeter of the floor with uninterrupted river views.Amore casual creative hub for design staff featuring a sample library, a workshopand various employee working areas are found on the same level.Further along, an internal breakout space is screened from an area of workstations by a perforated brass wallthat creates privacy and separation whilst still allowing natural daylight to enter the space.
Level 19 is largely dedicated to executive facilities including VIP offices and suites for the company CEO and President. It also accommodates smaller areas of general workspace, a secondary reception and lounge, along with an additional breakout area.
The design is sophisticated and welcoming throughout with neutral tones and soft shapes and curves. The materials palette includes timber, stone, leather, fabrics, laminate glass, mesh and brass highlights. Colour is introduced through the furniture and rugs creating a hotel-likefeel in the VIP spaces. Walkways are broken up with integrated lights and planting, which also bring the outside in.
Brendan Heath, associate director at SHH, said: “KWG Group Holdings engaged us following our work with them on a number of office and residential development projects inGuangzhou and Hong Kong;to provide them with a new headquarters building befitting a growing, high quality business that has a strong ethos that puts design and its clients at the heart of its work.”