Creating a growing, changing, flexible workplace
The corporate fit-out for HSBC at the Mapletree Business City in Singapore not only delivers an exemplary office environment that supports the client’s workplace strategy, but it also fosters flexible working, reinforces HSBC’s global brand values and engages with employees. The scheme supports maximum flexibility, encourages collaboration between staff and provides a future-proof office environment. It is designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness, from social, economic and environmental perspectives, with the project being awarded a Green Mark Platinum rating by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.
Within the six floors of office accommodation, there are fully flexible cellular spaces for employees, covering a total area of 17,000m².The design features a ‘visitor hub’ which includes the main reception, visitor meeting rooms, video conferencing facilities, break out meeting space, flexible training studios, an e-learning area and large multi-purpose space.
This high-profile project has delivered an exemplary office environment that supports the client’s workplace strategy, will foster flexible working and reinforce the client’s global brand values, while also engaging with employees.
It is a great example of our international expertise, experience and skills in delivering inspiring environments and supporting brands, and fuses outstanding creativity and commercial reasoning with imagination, simplicity and quality.
Sustainability at its heart
With environmental sustainability a design priority, the predominately open plan floors were designed to maximise natural light penetration, thus reducing the artificial space cooling and lighting loads. Where mechanical and electrical products were required they were specified on the basis of their energy efficiency.
Where possible, sustainable materials and furniture were sourced locally and waste reduced through the retention of base build walls, doors, ceiling and lighting. Bamboo wood was also used as the most sustainable choice for veneer.
Taking inspiration from the Garden City
Strong environmental graphics reinforced the theme of ‘Singapore, the Garden City’, with the design team engaging with HSBC’s employees through a photographic competition and the images being featured on the personal storage lockers to foster individual identity, within the broader social context of the workplace community.
Meeting rooms were also identified by different Cities around the world and complemented by a wall graphic of national flowers. For example, inside the Singapore meeting room, the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid is featured as a backdrop.