Fо̄r Commercial


MSCI Hong Kong

Year: 2018
Type: Commercial
Location: Hong Kong
Square Footage: 5,900
Scope of Work: Architectural and Interior Design

With more than thirty offices worldwide, MSCI, a leading provider of investment decision support tools, longed to establish a global design standard that could transcend local culture and be applied across all their international offices, consistently reflecting their brand and identity. As the first workplace to undergo a redesign with this goal in mind, the Hong Kong office proved to be especially difficult due to its small footprint and increased design restrictions set in place by the landlord in this historic building.

The Hong Kong office needed to accommodate workstations for a staff of 83 as well as a reception area, café, conference rooms, private offices, small breakout spaces and an area to hold company-wide gatherings. This was achieved by creating transitional spaces. The café, which includes banquettes and low and high-top tables, functions as a breakroom but also provides an alternative meeting space during non-meal times. The boardroom, adjacent to the reception and equipped with a folding conference table and demountable partition wall, transforms from a traditional meeting room to an open space for company-wide gatherings or client events. Multi-functional spaces include meeting rooms, quiet pods, and a wellness room.

Pulling from the company’s color palette, soft, calming tones are used throughout workspaces while bright pops of marigold, blue, and red were applied to communal and client-facing areas such as the café and reception. Newly designed signage includes a 3-dimensional company wordmark and logo on a wood-slatted feature wall creating a warm but modern, dynamic feel. Distraction banding and privacy panels, applied to glazing throughout the office, were custom-designed using the company existing company logo and pattern. All of these elements will eventually be incorporated in new and existing MSCI offices.