Interior Designer

Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Boardroom, Hong Kong.

Foster and Partners


Project notes

The Boardroom of the Bank was a sensitive design issue. The project comprised an ultra modern building with 22 very conservative board members. At least four major design presentations to the Bank were made; naturally there were wins and losses. There were some givens, one being the use of five bronze motifs which the Feng Shui specialist insisted had to be taken from the old bank building and re-used in the new boardroom. The focal design element was the 9m x 4.5m boardroom table, made from fiddleback Honduras Mahogany and Rio Rosewood, trimmed with ebony and French polished. The table was based on an aluminium fishbone frame, specially made in England.


Every board member had individual controls for lighting, sound amplification and sun shade control. The central pendant light fitting was developed with Claude Engle, ERCO Lighting and Porsche in Germany, the aluminium acoustic wall cladding was constructed from specially developed sections and the huge automatic entrance doors were of such weight that they had to be hydraulically operated. Unfortunately the down side was the selection of the chairs!