Hitachi Data System (HDs) at Kuala Lumpur’s Wisma UOA Bangsar boasted open, unimpeded spaces that allowed for gorgeous views and natural lighting. But its pre-stressed method of construction meant that no allowance was made for floor conduits, rendering hacking unwise. The DB&B team got round this by shepherding all electrical, data and phone cables into a ceiling grid tray and bringing them down to the floor via a pole. The team then knuckled down to creating an open space with minimal obstruction of the skyline and greens, after which workstations were set up on the outer perimeter to take advantage of the natural light from the glazing. The concept was a merger of Hitachi’s corporate logo with Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiring work in the Johnson Wax museum, where he wrapped structural columns and topped it with tulip disc.
Based on Hitachi corporate statement “Inspire The Next”, an unconventional approach to revamping the reception lobby was taken – merging linear and curved lines, and applying different textures and colours to non-geometric forms. While the floors spotted a bare cement finish, the ceilings carried a hint of timber trusses for depth and warmth. The reception counter itself combined a black surface top with a centre break in white acrylic. Added to this was a backdrop broken up with a floating cement slab and a wall adorned with a sticker of the company logo. The result: an air of contemporary sleekness with a suggestion of warmth. Equally unorthodox was the breakout area with its varied seating arrangements and bistro restaurant feel through a combination of timber, bare cement and red tones. As for the general work area, there were primary lights on the round fittings at the pole top, with secondary lighting coming on only when necessary. The result was a Hitachi office with the hallmark of timeless inspiration.
1. The Hitachi boardroom is all corporate neatness without being coldly clinical.
2. Red tones stand out in stark and stylish contrast to the surroundings.
3. A discussion room that is functional and yet cosy.
Source: Office Concept, 2010, Vol.3 No.2