Nothing Is Hidden in This Fully Transparent Hong Kong Office

Shaunacy Ferro

There’s nowhere to hide in one of Hong Kong’s newest office buildings. Designed by the Netherlands-based architects MVRDV, the office building, measuring more than 193,000 square feet, is all glass—even the desks and floors.

The firm is known for its glassy projects (like a transparent kitchen) that play with visitors' sense of space. In Hong Kong, where every inch of space is in high demand, the goal was to make the office seem as roomy as possible in close quarters, according to the architectural firm. The abundant windows and clear walls and furniture ensure that light reaches even the most interior sections of the building.

And the symbolism of an all-glass workspace doesn’t hurt, either. “We are moving into a transparent society, businesses are becoming more open with the public, and people care more about what goes on behind closed doors,” MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas explains. “In that way, a clear workspace leaves nothing questionable, nothing hidden; it generates trust.”

Whether or not the new tenants will be clutter-free enough to keep their desks and floors see-through is another story.

All images courtesy MVRDV © Ossip van Duivenbode