In touch with your world – futuristic own Beijing office design by M Moser
Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Vitus Lau
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New offices for M Moser Beijing ensure easy connections across the globe
When a company is renowned for delivering modern client-focused workplace environments throughout Asia, it makes good business sense that its new offices will be a standard-bearer for the way forward in commercial interior design.
Every M Moser office around the world is defined by a collaborative and integrated approach to work, says founder and chairman Moira Moser.
"Each time we add a new location or relocate or redesign an existing one, it is an opportunity to re-imagine how our workspaces can support that approach – to push the boundaries a little further in collaborative design and technology.
"While we've been in Beijing since 1997, our recently relocated and redesigned office is also a snapshot of how we're evolving. This fit-out is part of a process implemented in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and most recently in Chengdu.
"The new environment is optimised to support the activities of designers, architects, engineers and planners – both working as part of integrated project teams and also contributing their expertise to other M Moser offices worldwide."
In design terms, this translates into a virtually barrier-free office, says director, head of Beijing office, Doris Wong.
"The offices are in a new building, and are mainly open-plan, with fluid, intuitive circulation through the spaces. Digital whiteboards, touchscreens and video conferencing technologies are integrated into spaces, creating virtual project rooms that enable the company's professionals and clients anywhere on the globe to interact in real time."
Incorporating these facilities into the walls and ceiling planes of meeting rooms – for example, the glass walls double as white boards – helps deliver a visually uncluttered aesthetic. There are three formal meeting rooms, two quiet rooms and five open meeting spaces with technology at the ready. The balance of the 900m2 premises is taken up with casual breakout spaces, 90 workstations in open-plan layout, a library and a café.
The new Beijing office has achieved LEED Gold certification, a reflection of the company's global commitment to sustainability, says Moira Moser.
"We've approached each new or redesigned location as a opportunity to exercise our sustainable design muscles. What we learn about making our own offices extremely functional and very green, while staying within a budget, can definitely be applied to the projects we do for our clients."
First published date: 19 June 2013
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|Location||M Moser Beijing, Beijing|
|Interior design||M Moser Beijing, lead designer Nikko Niu|
|Partitioning system||Clestra PleinAir series glass partition with door system from Clestra Hauserman (Taicang) Architectural Products|
|Window/door joinery||P1BFGD double glass door from Clestra Hauserman (Taicang) Architectural Products Hardware Clestra Eco/Dorma from Clestra Hauserman Blinds Roller blinds from Beijing Mingcheng Zhonghui Sunshade & Window Blinds|
|Flooring||Interface carpet tiles from Modular Space; Infinity bamboo flooring from JEB; Armstrong ST514 vinyl; Milliken|
|Wallcoverings||Dong Fang Tian He Echo and Acoustic panels from Beijing Meiliantiandi Jiancai|
|Ceiling||A Bo Shao TE acoustic gypsum board ceiling|
|Lights||Philips from Thorn, Panasonic from Bao Ding Ya Zhi|
|Heating/cooling||Daikin from Beijing Rundelongyuan Air-condition Equipment; Climaveneta fan coil unit|
|Workstations||C Scape from Steelcase|
|Seating||Office chairs, Wilkhahn Cantilever Visitor chair; side chairs, Haworth Very Side chair, staff chairs, Lamex|
|Reception furniture||Lounge Cube from Steelcase|