Planning of this JEC premises at Somerset House incorporated fifteen operational divisions, many of which had conflicting needs to those of the others.

In the end, this jigsaw puzzle was resolved around a common entrance where there is immediate access to a series of small and medium sized conference rooms served by an electronic booking system, as well as to a tripartite Boardroom which can be quickly sub-divided into 2-3 rooms or reconfigured again to seat anywhere from 24-48 people.

Materials and finishes were sourced, vastly, from the JEC stable of manufacturers and suppliers, including raised floors, carpet tiles, lighting and bespoke finishes such as the bare concrete screed at the main entrance which was contrasted against a thick glass top in the reception counter.

In a nod to their long history in Hong Kong, a tiny black and white photograph showing the first – early 20th Century – JEC office in the territory was enlarged to life size and adhered, in sections, to the central filing unit opposite the Boardroom.


Jardine Engineering Corporation


Somerset House


Design + Build