Swiss Bureau recently completed the design & build project for Amana Capital. Amana Capital is a Financial Services Group specialized in providing brokerage services in international financial markets - currencies, commodities and stock indices.
When relocating to a new office there is a golden opportunity for a company to transform their culture and ethos. Swiss Bureau, when working with Amana Capital on their relocation to DIFC, was tasked with this transformation process and to create a new workplace environment that showcased the sophisticated and versatile nature of the firm.
The word Amana means ‘integrity’, and we wanted to design the office to reflect this idea of unity and cohesion to stay true to the brand’s essence. The concept further evolved being inspired by their logo which in many ways can be interpreted as the ‘solidarity of unison’. The curved walls and the sweeping lines of the flooring and ceiling through the space create a sinuous architecture echoing the brand identity.
The material palette is a selection of warm wood, greys, blues, white and soft taupes creating a comfortable and inviting environment, with accents of brass and chrome seen in furniture and lighting. The black powder coated framed glass partitions create a simple pure form with strip lights highlighting the curves.
The open workstations are situated along the windows and private offices are glass-fronted, lending an open, bright, and modern feel to the space. The MD rooms have the best views out to DIFC and furnished with contemporary soft lounge seating. The boardroom is an unconventional shape, and the table is customized to match the footprint of the room, and flanked by back painted glass and wood walls. The meeting rooms have white concrete walls with a dark vinyl flooring, light chairs, a glass table with customized chrome legs and decorative pendants.
"The challenges we faced during the design stage was the balancing of the lines carefully - in order to keep it subtle and not too overpowering. During construction, it was important for these curves to be executed with precision to create an uninterrupted flow which we think we have accomplished beautifully.” Says Kamsin Mirchandani, Senior Architect of Swiss Bureau.