We were asked to design a control panel for the control room of the HK Marine Departments Vessel Traffic Centre. Hong Kong has one of the worlds busiest harbors and it is all controlled and monitored from this room. We were to integrate a number of functions; A keyboard, a Phone handset, a Wireless DECT-style phone and USB sockets.
With a tight brief and with constant reviews through user studies we reached a hard case control island inspired by the smooth lines found in pebble stones. The shape curvatures are all there for a purpose – giving an ergonomic workspace, allowing easy access to sockets and integrating the components to a unity easy to manage.
The anodized black aluminum in combination with the smooth lines gives an interesting contrast and makes way for the modern context it will be used in.