Benoy Helps to Design Charity Headquarters for Feeding Hong Kong

26 February 2015

Benoy, the international, award-winning firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, is delighted to celebrate the official opening of Feeding Hong Kong’s new headquarters this year. Benoy provided pro bono services for the Hong Kong based charity’s new operations space in Yau Tong, Kowloon.

The Yau Tong headquarters’ scope involved the Interior Design, Technical Support and Design Detailing of the charity’s new warehouse address which has been converted into a combined office and food distribution centre.

“With a strong philosophy of giving back to the communities Benoy works in, we feel very fortunate to collaborate with Feeding Hong Kong on this occasion. The Feeding Hong Kong team has worked extremely hard to secure their new headquarters, and we are thrilled to help make their vision for the space a reality,” said David Seller, Senior Interior Designer at Benoy.

Given the 650m2 warehouse floor plate, Benoy was tasked with conceiving an efficient interior layout to meet Feeding Hong Kong’s expansion requirements. The new headquarters will allow the charity to augment its service with larger and better equipped areas for receiving food pallets, cleaning and re-packaging goods, food storage including cold and freezer rooms, distribution, training and the charity’s daily operations.

Rationalising the work flow pattern for the space, Benoy’s organisational design separated the office, training and storage areas with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and large internal windows. The scheme allows for visual transparency, optimising the work environment for organisers and volunteer teams. Heavy duty flooring and flexible storage racks, along with other durable furnishings and materials, will allow the charity to adapt to future growth and changing needs.

The new office space will accommodate 12 permanent work stations as well as a training room, kitchen and toilet facilities. A fully functional training and meeting area, a key requirement for the new space, will allow Feeding Hong Kong to expand their community engagement and awareness programmes. The larger storage area is also equipped with a walk-in fridge and freezer, enabling a higher volume of fresh produce to be received and distributed alongside the bulk of packaged goods.

Gabrielle Kirstein, Feeding Hong Kong’s Executive Director, thanked Benoy for their support saying, “Benoy has been working with us for over a year now on different projects, and we sincerely thank the firm and each member of their team for contributing to our cause.”

Feeding Hong Kong is the only food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need. Benoy has previously been engaged with the charity to help design a series of ‘Edible’ rooftop gardens which has contributed fresh produce to supplement the redistributed food packages.

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