Looking more like the ultimate bachelor pad than a dreaded place where dreams go to die, The Great Room is Singapore’s answer to the modern day co-working space.
The floor is designed to free traditional office dwellers from the obsolete confines of a desk and chair whilst offering up things like private telephone booths, lockers, showers, a yoga studio and one hell of a series of themed meeting rooms. Think vintage leather furniture, suede, velvet pillows and Okume timber desks along with open-plan natural lighting. Those lucky enough to call this place work will also be greeted with luxury appointments such as Tappeti rugs, exclusive art pieces and a good lashing of Mother Nature in the form of indoor plants.
Jaelle Ang who is the space’s co-founder said that, “Increasingly, workers and companies are realising they need to use a wide range and typology of work spaces to accommodate this increasingly diverse workforce and the different expectations of what work is, and where and when that work should happen.”
“The best performers are measured by the value they bring into the business, and this value is no longer created by sitting for 40 hours in a traditional fixed office in front of the desktop.”
“They [traditional office spaces] no longer fulfil today’s evolving needs and co-working spaces. We decided to focus our workspace offering on the very ancient and primal act – which is about taking care of people and about communal consumption.”
The ambitious project was a result of Ang as well as designers Matt Shang and Paul Semple of Hassell Studio who overlooked the entire design process.
So how is your workplace looking at the moment?