En­er­gis­ing Sin­ga­pore’s Sky­scrapers

Asia Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Jonathan Dy­ble | Project Man­ager: Tom Cul­lum

Es­tab­lish­ing in­spi­ra­tional in­te­ri­ors

Through the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and green en­ergy so­lu­tions, D’Per­cep­tion is bring­ing the city state’s ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment to life

Sin­ga­pore is renowned as be­ing one of the green­est cities in the world.

Ranked sec­ond across the globe by Ar­cadis’ global Sus­tain­able Cities In­dex, Sin­ga­pore is only bested by Zurich in the way of pro­vid­ing eco-friendly ur­ban liv­ing spa­ces.

De­spite be­ing one of the most densely pop­u­lated cities on earth, with ap­prox­i­mately 8,227 peo­ple per square kilo­me­tre ac­cord­ing to the UN’s World Pop­u­la­tion Prospects re­port, al­most half of the city’s land is still made up of green spa­ces.

From ver­ti­cal farm­ing so­lu­tions and liv­ing build­ings to its ban on chew­ing gum, Sin­ga­pore is pi­o­neer­ing al­ter­na­tive think­ing and re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal threat that built-up ar­eas are in­creas­ingly pos­ing to our nat­u­ral world.

Whilst the re­gional gov­ern­ment is driv­ing the bulk of these pro­grammes, busi­nesses and con­sumers alike have read­ily con­formed to this cul­ture, fos­ter­ing sus­tain­able prac­tices and ini­tia­tives through­out their daily lives.

One such business that is shap­ing this pat­tern is D’Per­cep­tion Sin­ga­pore Pte Ltd.

Stand­ing as a lead­ing in­te­rior de­sign group, com­prised of four com­pa­nies, D’Per­cep­tion is driv­ing the city’s wider green en­ergy am­bi­tions di­rectly through its own ser­vices, of­fer­ing pi­o­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the cre­ation of eco‐friendly struc­tures and of­fice en­vi­ron­ments.

“D’Per­cep­tion Sin­ga­pore is prob­a­bly the largest in­te­rior de­sign and build­ing com­pany in Sin­ga­pore that is pri­vately owned, if not the largest in terms of size and re­sources,” says Andy Chua, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of D’Per­cep­tion Sin­ga­pore.

“As such, we are well po­si­tioned to de­sign and build projects to the

high­est en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, meet­ing key cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in­clud­ing the US’s LEED Stan­dards and the BCA Green Mark stan­dards in Sin­ga­pore.”

Tech­no­log­i­cal ex­cel­lence

Whilst D’Per­cep­tion’s en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fer­ings are un­ri­valled, so too is the Com­pany’s tech­no­log­i­cal nous within the in­dus­try.

Chua con­tin­ues: “As an in­te­rior de­sign com­pany, it is very rare to be

as com­fort­able as we are in work­ing with some of the world’s most ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies.”

“D’Per­cep­tion is able to de­sign and build full‐fledged data cen­tres, server rooms, com­mand cen­tres and en­gi­neer­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries, ca­ter­ing to a much wider range of needs than you would nor­mally ex­pect from a com­pany in our line of work.”

Dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing so widely and of­fer­ing state‐of‐the‐art ser­vices

D’Per­cep­tion is able to de­sign and build fullfledged data cen­tres, server rooms, com­mand cen­tres and en­gi­neer­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries, ca­ter­ing to a much wider range of needs than you would nor­mally ex­pect from a com­pany in our line of work”

within such a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket is not some­thing that has hap­pened overnight for the Com­pany, grad­u­ally be­ing built from a con­tin­ual com­mit­ment to its in­no­va­tive ethos.

“We are con­stantly rein­vent­ing to be ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion, po­si­tion­ing our­selves to be ready for chang­ing in­dus­try trends and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties,” ex­plains Chua.

“We are al­ways adapt­ing, train­ing and us­ing what we learn to stay ahead, in­vest­ing our prof­its back into the Com­pany and con­stantly seek­ing new tal­ents to con­tinue to drive our growth.”

A col­lab­o­ra­tive en­vi­ron­ment

Such is ev­i­dent is how D’Per­cep­tion pro­vides ex­ten­sive tu­ition to its staff by work­ing with lead­ing ven­dors, pro­vid­ing them with a work­ing knowl­edge of state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing the in­ter­net of things and au­dio-vis­ual sys­tems.

“We prac­tise main­tain­ing longterm re­la­tion­ships with ven­dors as part­ners, al­low­ing us to col­lab­o­rate to­gether, share ideas to­gether and grow to­gether – a mind­set that has been cru­cial in build­ing the suc­cess of D’Per­cep­tion,” Chua adds.

By es­tab­lish­ing such part­ner­ships, whilst also in­vest­ing in the lat­est vis­ual gen­er­at­ing and vir­tual equip­ment and con­stantly up­grad­ing its in­ter­nal soft­ware and hard­ware, D’Per­cep­tion has been able to cre­ate an un­ri­valled port­fo­lio of in­te­rior de­sign so­lu­tions.

These are reg­u­larly put on dis­play at its own head of­fice, a build­ing that has been trans­formed in an ac­tiv­i­ty­based workspace to show­case new and po­ten­tial so­lu­tions to its clients.

“We prac­tise what we ad­vo­cate,” Chua states.

Vi­sion­ary de­sign

Plac­ing such strong em­pha­sis on in­no­va­tion across its struc­ture, it is easy to see how D’Per­cep­tion’s projects reg­u­larly re­ceive recog­ni­tion.

This year alone, the firm won five awards for Win­ning Projects at the

2018 edi­tion of Sin­ga­pore Good De­sign.

Amongst these were the Sin­ga­pore Land Author­ity (SLA) of­fices lo­cated at the iconic 183-me­tre-tall PSA sky­scraper on the is­land’s south­ern edges.

A prime ex­am­ple of D’Per­cep­tion’s eco‐friendly ap­proach, the of­fices have been cer­ti­fied with the Green­mark Gold Stan­dard, fea­tur­ing the lat­est in en­ergy man­age­ment sys­tem tech­nol­ogy to stamp out the SLA’s car­bon foot­print.

Fur­ther, Sch­nei­der Elec­tric’s new re­gional head of­fice, de­signed by D’Per­cep­tion, was also recog­nised

– a work­place based on flex­i­bil­ity, of­fer­ing staff the choice of 10 dif­fer­ent workspaces through­out its tai­lor-made min­i­mal­ist lay­out.

Speak­ing of the com­pany’s five‐year out­look, Chua re­mains con­fi­dent that D’Per­cep­tion will con­tinue to win more awards, per­form to higher lev­els and pioneer new-age de­sign by main­tain­ing its cur­rent strat­egy.

“One thing that I can con­firm for sure is that we will still be around and do­ing well,” he says.

“Many de­sign and con­struc­tion com­pa­nies have come and gone within the past half-decade, even in­dus­try giants and in­ter­na­tional brands that could not sus­tain and mod­ernise their business mod­els.

“How­ever, with our unique ap­proach, I ex­pect that we will not only still be around, but we will have grown in to a very dif­fer­ent an­i­mal al­to­gether.”

En­gag­ing workspaces can lead to pro­duc­tiv­ity gains

“The lay­out adapts an open con­cept that max­i­mizes ‘eye con­tact’ which en­cour­ages com­mu­ni­ca­tion among col­leagues” “Truly, an of­fice that cra­dles a dis­rup­tive spirit when given a pur­pose can func­tion in a good way”

“Pock­ets of seat­ing spa­ces gives peo­ple space to learn, ex­press their ideas and stretch their mind in a fun and colour­ful way”

“A seam­less client flow was achieved through ef­fec­tive po­si­tion­ing of phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and there­fore an in­spir­ing and func­tional de­sign was cre­ated”

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