CITIC Private Bank

The inspiration for this project comes from the 1962 Enzo Mari design of a letter opener, somewhat reminiscent of a Möbius strip. It is reinterpreted here in the form of the reception counter, a sinuous component of the interior design that was felt to have an emotional appeal to the bank's clients.

The 6,000 square foot butterfly shaped site, is highly constricted and angular: the larger spaces form the ‘wings’, one of which became the back office, the other for meeting clients; a central section connecting the two sides was the natural location for the reception area and café.

The initial design focused on the need to develop a more intimate front-of-house, with imagery of country roads, Zen gardens and rushing streams, and six totally free-standing, cocoon-like meeting rooms. Eventually, two of these rooms were combined and all were attached to the surrounding walls. They still retain the cozy quality of their organic, egg shape origins and each has been accessorized with Chinese artwork and artifacts to create a friendlier, less institutional atmosphere.

Tell

workplace

1 / 20

The inspiration for this project comes from the 1962 Enzo Mari design of a letter opener, somewhat reminiscent of a Möbius strip. It is reinterpreted here in the form of the reception counter, a sinuous component of the interior design that was felt to have an emotional appeal to the bank's clients.

The 6,000 square foot butterfly shaped site, is highly constricted and angular: the larger spaces form the ‘wings’, one of which became the back office, the other for meeting clients; a central section connecting the two sides was the natural location for the reception area and café.

The initial design focused on the need to develop a more intimate front-of-house, with imagery of country roads, Zen gardens and rushing streams, and six totally free-standing, cocoon-like meeting rooms. Eventually, two of these rooms were combined and all were attached to the surrounding walls. They still retain the cozy quality of their organic, egg shape origins and each has been accessorized with Chinese artwork and artifacts to create a friendlier, less institutional atmosphere.