THE WORKSPACES OF THE FU­TURE ARE HERE

The Work Project, Cisco and SIA are reimag­in­ing how of­fices are de­signed.

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The availabili­ty of lead­ing-edge of­fice spa­ces in Sin­ga­pore val­i­dates the city state’s rep­u­ta­tion as a global busi­ness cen­tre. At present, “in­no­va­tion” is the catch­word as com­pa­nies build of­fices that re­flect their brand iden­ti­ties, whilst en­sur­ing the com­fort, safety, and pro­duc­tiv­ity of tech-savvy em­ploy­ees. Whether stand­alone, pri­vate or co-work­ing spa­ces, these new spa­ces high­light not only the util­i­tar­ian as­pect of com­merce but also the hu­man-cen­tred el­e­ments of cre­ativ­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The Work Project: Rein­vent­ing shared spa­ces

Co-work­ing has re­mark­ably changed the way or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als use of­fice spa­ces. Junny Lee, founder of The Work Project, says that the co-work­ing space operator pro­vides a “full suite of ameni­tised workspaces [that] cater to all seg­ments of to­day’s knowl­edge econ­omy – for com­pa­nies both small and large.”

Fea­tures in­clude be­spoke con­fig­u­ra­tions, hot and fixed desk op­tions, as well as en­hanced pri­vacy and se­cu­rity. New spa­ces, which are con­ducive not only to work but also to so­cial con­nec­tiv­ity, have been opened at Asia Square and Cap­i­tal Tower. Fur­ther­more, a mem­ber­sonly busi­ness club called MARK has been launched, al­low­ing the use of func­tional pri­vate rooms, ded­i­cated board­rooms, and dis­tinc­tive spa­ces for events and cel­e­bra­tions. Com­ple­men­tary food, bev­er­age, and cock­tails are pre­pared by lux­ury spirits com­pany Proof & Co. The Work Project Cap­i­tal Tower con­sists of 50,000-sqft of cu­rated spa­ces with 360-de­gree land­scape views. It also fea­tures ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture and steel­case furniture. In ad­di­tion, its In­no­va­tion Hub in­cludes con­fer­ence and work­shop ar­eas for as many as 120 peo­ple. Mean­while, the 41,000-sqft Work Project Asia Square houses 80 of­fices with a ca­pac­ity of over 500 desks.

SIA’S Kris­lab: Ded­i­cated to in­ge­nu­ity and ver­sa­til­ity

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines (SIA) pur­sues its for­ward-look­ing phi­los­o­phy through the Kris­lab dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion hub, a col­lab­o­ra­tive workspace where the air­line staff can gen­er­ate ground-break­ing ideas and so­lu­tions with var­i­ous ex­ter­nal part­ners. In de­sign­ing Kris­lab at the SIA Sports Club, the main chal­lenge was ap­por­tion­ing 3,200-sqft of space to dif­fer­ent func­tions. Stu­dents from Lasalle’s School of Spa­tial & Prod­uct De­sign used a modern par­ti­tion­ing sys­tem, mo­bile furniture, and light­ing and acous­tic ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate a ver­sa­tile lab­o­ra­tory and of­fice.

Through Kris­lab and the Dig­i­tal In­no­va­tion Blue­print, SIA sup­ports Sin­ga­pore’s open in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem to catal­yse dig­i­tal op­por­tu­ni­ties that en­hance the city’s devel­op­ment as a travel and avi­a­tion hub in the re­gion. Some in­no­va­tions show­cased in Kris­lab in­clude Krispay, the world’s first blockchain­based air­line dig­i­tal wal­let; im­mer­sive in-flight en­ter­tain­ment head­sets and an aug­mented re­al­ity colour­ing mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion for cus­tomers; and vir­tual re­al­ity, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, and ma­chine learn­ing de­vices to max­imise the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of SIA staff.

Cisco’s cen­tre: An adapt­able place for col­lab­o­ra­tion

Cisco’s new co-in­no­va­tion cen­tre in Sin­ga­pore en­riches the tech­nol­ogy leader’s in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem by mo­ti­vat­ing part­ner­ships with cus­tomers, star­tups, and the lo­cal govern­ment. The cen­tre, which is lo­cated in Cisco’s 80,000sqft prop­erty at Maple­tree Busi­ness

City II, hosts phys­i­cal and vir­tual lab­o­ra­to­ries where col­lab­o­ra­tors can con­duct proof-of-con­cept devel­op­ment, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, and test­ing. Cus­tomer in­no­va­tion rooms of­fer spa­ces for co-cre­ation and pro­to­typ­ing of new dig­i­tal so­lu­tions.

The open-plan de­sign is in­spired by cre­ative “ac­ci­den­tal col­li­sions,” which re­sults in prod­ucts and ser­vices that lead to eco­nomic and so­cial im­prove­ment. Irv­ing Tan,

SVP Chief of Op­er­a­tions, notes the im­por­tance of a place where “in­no­va­tion no longer hap­pens be­hind the closed doors of R&D labs, but in open ecosys­tems.” Em­ploy­ees can ef­fort­lessly use tech­nol­ogy, such as We­bex Boards or plasma screens, for their in­ter­ac­tions. Cus­tomis­able desks, shop­house-in­spired furniture, and meet­ing pods are avail­able, along with quiet rooms where em­ploy­ees can spend time to think and fo­cus, as well as open spa­ces that en­cour­age the shar­ing of ideas.

The 50,000sqft Work Project fea­tures be­spoke con­fig­u­ra­tion and a mem­ber­sonly busi­ness club.

Ho­tel-like in­te­ri­ors at The Work Project

Cisco en­cour­ages work and play

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