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Located at the intersection of Dao Tan Street and Lieu Giai Street, Mekong Capital offices in Hanoi is part of the “golden” Hanoi center location.
When private equity firm Mekong Capital decided to redo its offices, they applied their vision-fulfilment center approach and went all in. It is therefore not only the Ho Chi Minh office that has been redesigned, but also that of Hanoi over the same period for simultaneous delivery in January 2022.
We invite you to read our approach in terms of lighting for the offices of Mekong Capital in Ho Chi Minh City (link here) because we followed the same vision, interior mood and overall approach in order to guarantee continuity between the two branches.
The specificities of the office in Hanoi
The Hanoi office is smaller, so its ergonomics must be well thought out.
With its different layout, the particularity of the Mekong Capital office in Hanoi lies in the curved walls that visitors will notice as soon as they enter and arrive in the lobby lounge. We have chosen to bring out this characteristic element thanks to a classic ceiling cove detail for a soft lighting effect on the wall, paired with downlights to enhance the curve rhythm. Thus lit, the curved walls provide a touch of elegance and a feeling of softness.
Insisting on this gentleness vibe was important in our lighting design, because we knew that work and dedication are strong values of Mekong Capital, so the lighting had to make these long hours spent at the office cozy, delectable and pleasant.
The light highlights the detail of the natural elements
As with the office in Ho Chi Minh, light connects two worlds: on the one hand the world of nature, that of materials, plants and elements, and on the other the world of man, that of work and offices.
For Mekong Capital, the work environment allows the employees to reconnect with nature thanks to the light which underlines the precise selection of materials (stone, soft wood, stucco, plants) and embellishes their natural finishes.
Thus highlighted by the lighting, the details of the wood and its grooves, of the plants and the wakes of their leaves are revealed. We first touch the noble textures with our eyes before then letting ourselves be carried away by the warm atmosphere provided by the space.
Light prolongs the feeling of being in contact with nature
In order to reinforce this feeling of being close to nature, we have played on an indoor outdoor effect. The lighting in the lobby and the garden room, with their skylights, was designed to reproduce the skylight effect. In the Garden area, the light and decor give the feeling of being on an open-air terrace. As a result, despite being in a high-rise building, it feels like being outdoors.
A « natural light effect » to provide well- being
This natural & indoor outdoor effect is also found in the light, with a lighting specification close to that of the sun (rich spectrum of light rays, high red index, change in light intensity depending on the time of day and control of light intensity especially in the evening to ensure good sleep).
Through this lighting device and the definition of chill areas, the workspaces are redesigned to favor a pleasant atmosphere and thus create a feeling of exclusivity among the employees who are in this space.
A successful light implementation at Mekong Capital
After having established a lighting concept in line with the needs of the employees, the pre- requisites of the client and the specificities related to the architecture, we visited the two sites in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh several times in 2021 and 2022 to make sure that everything is implemented perfectly. Meticulous on-site monitoring was conducted to ensure strict compliancy of the standards set by our client.
In the end, the lighting vision has been achieved and should enable Mekong Capital to open a new chapter in their history as a vision fulfilment center.
Client: Mekong Capital
Architecture & Interior Design : T3 ARCHITECTS
Construction : Minh Chuong Construction Co.
Construction Management : LS Management
Wood : Reduxwood
Lighting designer & consultant: kobi lighting studio
Photographer : OKI Hiroyuki
Scope of lighting design: lighting concept design | lighting design development | lighting details & technical design | lighting tender documentation | lighting tender evaluation | lighting wellness & health consultancy | lighting regulatory monitoring and compliance | lighting authorship supervision | lighting monitoring of installation