Bean Buro’s design for UBER’s new Hong Kong office takes inspiration from Gottfried Semper’s writings on vessels, where he described the notion of form and function acting as a structured whole, with individual parts fulfilling their own function while cooperating with others to achieve an overall aim and effect.
UBER’s new workplace, totaling 9,000sqft (830sqm) on the top floor of an existing office building, was inspired by such notion of volumes and functions. Interpretations of the city’s waterfront topography and curvy mountains generated an undulating, voluptuous dark blue inhabitable vessel that contained meeting rooms, service areas and private work booths.
Bean Buro Team
Design Directors: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Lorène Faure
Senior Architectural Designers: Elspeth Lee, Isabel Entrambasaguas
Designers & assistants: Michelle Ho, Tommy Hui, Gigi Kwong, Abby Liu
Contractor: Winsmart Contracting Co. Ltd
Project Management: Colliers International
Client: UBER Hong Kong