Client is a reputable company within the IT industry supplying semi-conductors and related products. This 254 sqm site is planned as the HQ office for Asia.
The design brief calls for a conference room, a chairman’s room, a finance room, workstations, a printing station, a relaxation corner, a kitchenette and a pantry. As operational cost is very high in Singapore, the client wanted to maximise the usage of the spaces and decided to do away with a designated reception counter as well as a receptionist.
For this design, we wanted to create a high tech environment to remind the staffs and clients on the nature of the business. At the same time, we wanted to weave in some cultural balance to the equation, evoking a connection to the client’s root.
Without a reception counter, we needed something to create the focal point of the entire office as well as to divert the traffic in the rectangular plan. We decided to make the conference room the heart of the office in the form of a central island that helps to carve out the zones. In Chinese culture, central axis is very important and is usually aligned to the most important area. In our case, that would have to be the conference room. A giant circular “air-well” hovers over the “mechanical” conference room, and with the upper portion of the conference room tapering inwards, creating an illusion of it continuing on beyond the “air-well opening”. The conference room is also octagonal in shape, a reference to an auspicious Chinese form.
As for the Chairman’s room, even though the need to partition up the enclosure, we wanted to create some visual relief to allow end users to acknowledge the space beyond the boundaries. Overlapping fin walls and huge pivot doors kept the occupants on both sides connected while segregated at the same time.
The general zoning is done via the different colours of the carpet tiles. Biophilic design is also implemented via the introduction of indoor greens throughout the office.
The existing grid ceilings and windows, which cannot be removed, act as good contrasts to the otherwise all new implements.