Ta Kung Pau and Wen Wei Po both have a long history of publishing Chinese language newspapers in Hong Kong. They were merged last year. The new company engaged HEAD Architecture to create an updated office and headquarters to reposition the company as an innovator in the new era of digital news as it branches out into social media and video journalism. When designing the interior environment, HEAD created a range of backdrop opportunities throughout the premises where presenters and journalists could be filmed recording video or social media posts. Accordingly, at the core of the center’s design is a series of art installations showcasing the history of Hong Kong’s skyline over the hosted newspaper titles’ long heritage. For example, a feature wall displays an image of the modern Hong Kong skyline, presented in 3D-style vertical triangular vertical panels. Thus traditional black and white newspaper photography style is juxtaposed with striking red stripes: viewed front on, it is as if you are glimpsing the skyline through blinds. But viewed (or filmed) from the side the full picture can be seen from one angle or an red backdrop from another. HEAD Architecture’s bright central meeting room design features a full 360-degree, curved meeting table centrally located, overseeing contrasting video screen walls, a sculpture of traditional Chinese characters reminiscent of old-style pre-press printing ‘plates’ and black and white photos communicating the publisher’s long, rich heritage: the old and the new in one. The wooden wall of Chinese characters provides a stunning backdrop for the office/showroom/studio area, contrasting the modern digital feel of the brand with the company’s historic roots in the printed page. Photos of Hong Kong through the years emphasise the publication’s heritage, while a modern newsroom studio and multi-screen walls demonstrate the shift to new technologies.
More information of the project would be found via http://www.headarchitecture.com/project/tkww/ Video on https://vimeo.com/217801138