Completed and operational since November 7th 2016, RedQuarters is the new home for AirAsia’s global headquarters. The 6-storey block comprising 3 levels of office, totalling some 240,000 sf, on top of another 3 levels of parking, integrates all operational and administrative functions of the AirAsia Group with supporting conference and recreational facilities for the Allstars, the moniker given to the highly driven employees. Covering an area of approximately 4.8 acres, the project site is located just beside the new Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2).

The Client's brief of providing a house for the AirAsia employees, under the tagline of having ’One Big Happy Family‘, required a rethink of how large office buildings should be configured. A flat hierarchical organization calls for a horizontally organized building as far as possible. The office is therefore arranged with a large atrium spine to facilitate connections between employees as to well as to increase the ’bump factor‘ critical in the new office paradigm.

Travel within the office complex is predominantly via steel staircases and bridges, with very few lifts provided, both as an extension of the strategy to foster chance meetings (bump factor) and also as a method to promote healthy living and an active working lifestyle. With the footprint of the office covering some 70m, the atrium spine also serves to provide daylight to the deep office interior via judicious positioning of clerestory windows tucked under a large, metal-clad, wing-roof which bears the corporate colors and logo of AirAsia to be seen from planes flying above.

In terms of interior design, the industrial look of the open plan office with bare ceilings serves as a tabula rasa or blank canvass for the colors and vibrancy of the AirAsia corporate branding to imbue the spaces with a kaleidoscope of experience. A cornucopia of meeting pods, conference rooms, chill-out areas and casual work stations are individually decorated so that no room is the same as the next. Twenty six different meeting areas are finished with colors and graphics representing the various AirAsia hubs and destinations throughtout the world.
Air Asia Berhad
Completed 2016
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