Global Bank

projects / interior design

location: hong kong
area: 450,000 sq ft

photography: Visibility Media Ltd

a team from aplusi asia was specially based in Hong Kong to work closely alongside the Bank’s project team to handle design brief and user requirements as well as coordinate with the project consultants.


The project for the Global Bank involves the planning and design of the asia headquarters for the Bank in Hong Kong. The project covers some 450,000 sq ft of office space on 16 floors of International Commerce Centre, Kowloon.

This project demonstrates our ability to space plan and organize a complex modern office as well as facilitate a large-scale move for the bank from its previous premises at Exchange Square. The move included all of the front and back office business units of the Bank. Front office business units include trading, private banking and consumer banking with operations, IT and finance offering back office support.

A team from aplusi asia was specially based in Hong Kong to work closely alongside the Bank’s project team to handle design brief and user requirements as well as coordinate with the project consultants. Surveys were conducted to review and evaluate the needs and requirements of each business unit within the Bank. These studies led to our development of the basic stack of the floors, grouping and organizing departments by their required adjacencies. This systematic approach was necessary to ensure and promote efficient interaction between various departments of the bank.

The client contact area on L46 and 47 saw the implementation of the bank global standards, the first in Asia. L46 includes a concentration of meeting and dining suites for clients, training rooms for staff and a 108 seat auditorium. L47 boasts a servery, café and a full-service kitchen, a staff cafeteria for 180 persons and a management suite with reception. These two floors have full height curtain walls on all sides and offer spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Other amenities provided include dry cleaning, shoe repair, ATM machines, mini kiosks, mothers’ rooms and a gymnasium. Both floors are connected via internal feature staircases accessible from the reception and cafeteria.

The project commenced in July 2007 and was completed in the 4th quarter of 2008. The first move for business units occurred in July 2008.