A place for work, a place to play

lifestyle October 01, 2017 01:00

By The Sunday Nation

A new co-working space with all the trimmings opens in Singapore



HONG KONG-BASED co-working space operator The Work Project is opening its first co-working space on Shenton Way of Singapore in collaboration with multidisciplinary design studio Hassel to embody their brand aspirations.

“Co-working spaces are no longer just about creating a classic office environment, but are all about changing the way we feel at work and our perspective towards it,” says Paul Semple of Hassel, a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the UK.

Covering an area of 1,800 square metres, a timeless monochrome aesthetic is layered over the workplace strategy ensuring an outcome adaptable to the user needs – in short, a work environment that offers people everything they need to be their most productive. The design reflects the multi-sensory experience The Work Project wanted to create for their members and visitors.

Singaporean colonial architecture and 1930s Manhattan loft spaces have been used to develop a sense of timelessness for the project. Dark timber, ivory tones and classic metallised finishes are punctuated by bursts of botanical accents. Details such as the hand-painted silk wallpaper screens create a sense of place.

Refined and elegant furniture and finishes add a tactile, luxurious quality. It’s a fundamentally comfortable place to be, while being both polished and professional.

Hassel’s zoning strategy gives people a variety of spaces to choose from – from functional to atmospheric. The firm has created a seamless hybrid of intimate relaxation spaces, large lounge areas as well as intimate quiet zones for individual work. There are more than 20 meeting rooms, which are complemented by a range of individual desks, private work stations, executive offices and collaboration areas.

“Our mission is to develop offices that change the way people feel about coming to work, to foster a culture of sharing and exchange, and to bring the best out of every individual,” adds Junny Lee, The Work Project’s founder and managing director.

The vibrant pantry is at the heart of The Work Project. It includes a fresh breakfast and lunch offer from The Providore and a full-service cafe by Tokyo-based Omotesando Koffee. The spaces that have been coined in the courtyard and veranda are visually connected to the street side tree canopy, maximising the natural light. In these spaces, tropical plants and lighter tones create a calm retreat from the livelier working spaces. The Den is an area for low-key socialising, and a counterpoint to the light-bright areas. It’s a cosy, enclosed space drawing on darker palette of shades.

The Work Project is an award-winning co-working space operator that is revolutionising office design. Since inception in 2016, the company has opened two premium co-working spaces in Hong Kong and Singapore, collaborating with some of the best architects, botanists, designers and thought leaders including Beanburo, Patrick Blanc, Hassel and Six Ideas. 

Find out more by visiting https://TheWorkProject.com.