THE WORKSPACES OF THE FUTURE ARE HERE
The Work Project, Cisco and SIA are reimagining how offices are designed.
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