Australia Commercial Design Trends Series AU Commercial Design Trends Vol. 32/03C - Page 60

Project AmGeneral head office Location: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Interior design: SL+A BETTER TOGETHER When a large motoring insurer and general insurer come together at one address, an attention to transparency and connection creates a strong company ethos Merging two companies into one multi-floor business location provides opportunity to reinvent everything from hierarchies to design aesthetics. AmGeneral Insurance came into being when general insurance provider AmG Insurance united with Malaysia’s leading automobile insurer Kurnia Insurans (Malaysia). The new and improved combined company is Malaysia’s largest motor and general insurer, providing its products and services through an extensive network of branches, agents search | save | share at and dealers, as well as via its online presence. As part of the physical merger, the companies were to combine in new corporate offices in the Menara Shell building, located at the KL Sentral transportation hub. Interiors company SL+A addressed the fit-out. Senior interior designer Stephanie Goh says their brief was to work with the firm’s senior management to develop a workplace that would help build and nurture a new shared culture and way of working. Below and right:A sense of light, colour and transparency runs right through the offices of AmGeneral Insurance. The reception and other high-traffic areas have stone floors with other spaces carpeted. Pops of blue and red reference the colours of the pre-merger firms. Lower right:The staff cafeteria on the communal floor features vibrant seating and padded booths.