The new environment was designed to evolve over time, in terms of identity as well as to keep up with the churn requirements of a modern Bank.
With an unusual and rather difficult geometry, the floor plates were part of the prominent annex block of the K&N Kenanga Building on Kuala Lumpur’s Jalan Sultan Ismail.
The entrance and facade was opened up to form a more inviting flow of traffic into the retail area on the ground floor and the internal access from the retail area as well as the car park lifts. The flow was carefully planned to promote efficiency whilst retaining privacy and a strong identity.
In choosing materials references were made relating to the Bank Islamic focus and financial products.
A striking carved feature wall anchors the ground floor retail; Islamic carvings echo the newly created logo - a contemporary adaptation of Jawi calligraphy. Travertine floor and the subtly domed ceiling also follow this direction.
Other materials in the office draws on more contemporary themes with cherry wood timbers juxtaposed with glass, spray paint and stainless steel.
This headquarters captures the look for all future Asian Finance Bank facilities; designed in such a way the concept can be rolled out across the region.