The revamped ONG&ONG’s Kuala Lumpur office sets the tone for all future international bases and encapsulates the corporate vision “to be the designers of our age”. A set of spaces meant to encourage free expression of creativity and innovation, the new office rejects any overt reference to a conventional office by injecting a quirky sense of fun in terms of scale, form and materials. A distinctive workspace that encourages brainstorming is hence born. Large open working spaces with broad connecting walkways, engineered effects and shapes remind one of a sleek machine where all the parts are connected. In places, the sense of a construction site is evoked, bringing to mind the process of building and creation: glass girders instead of iron support a glass wall, faux marble I-beams jut out of walls and form a counter running the length of an enclosed space leading to the offices. A curved wall suggests walking through a huge rolled steel tube about to be installed in a structure. The main communal office space is quietly functional and subtly understated, but with a table tennis table in the midst as a reminder for regular breaks. A conference room is crisp and starkly white – distraction free, while semi-enclosed spaces provide areas for client meetings and informal conversations. Here and there are bursts of colour: orange walls, green carpets and wall carpeting, as well as red overhead pipes that are crisscrossed by LED lighting and interrupt the more underplayed tones of the office. The use of materials and textures – brick, wood and steel – reminds one of the contents of a designers’ tool-kit. The new office offers a creative team an inspirational space where their ideas can be nurtured, and where they are empowered to provide their best to clients.