Floor Show

 03 Apr 2014

Standard Chartered Bank’s new premises at Singapore’s Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore is big – in fact it counts as one of the biggest office leasings ever in South-East Asia’s thriving financial centre. And it had to be sizeable because the project represents the second stage in the consolidation of the bank’s non- branch staff from 12 locations into two: Changi Business Park, completed two years ago, and Marina Bay offering 48,000 square metres of space over 25 floors.

Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore has consolidated 12 offices into two locations – Changi Business Park and Marina Bay – the latter is a 25-floor corporate haven boasting Collaborative’, ‘Work’, ‘Quiet’ and ‘Reflective’ zones.

“The Relocation Project represents a fantastic collaborative effort – primarily our Singapore, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane offices,” explains Sydney-based Geoffrey Lee, Managing Principal of Woodhead, the Australian architects in charge of the project, which began in September 2008.

Bijaya Sharma, Singapore-based Interior Designer at Woodhead, who was involved with the relocation project from the start, adds that “managing a big team for a large-scale project such as this is never easy, but the clear brief provided by the client got everyone off to a good start. Vertical planning was crucial and entailed a thorough understanding of the client’s operations, space requirements and functional relationships,” she says. “For example, which business unit goes on what level, how many floors it will occupy and who goes on the floors directly above and below it.”

“We chose them for their function, energy efficiency, flexibility, convenience, space-saving under-counter housing and because it’s the best of its type.”

The 25 floors are divided up into two ‘stacks’, accessible from separate ground floor lift lobbies. The open plan offices are typically set out on a modular grid, to allow for future expansion. Each floor is fitted out in one of three themes – Asia, Africa or Middle East, to represent bank’s key markets – using colours, materials, furniture and artwork. Lift lobbies lead to an ‘Interchange Hub’, where staff can meet and mingle. Group spaces adjacent to these hubs cater to lunch breaks or informal meetings.

“Zip HydroTap was specified at all breakout areas including the executive area,” says Sharma. “Each floor has two units to serve approximately 350 people. We chose them for their function, energy efficiency, flexibility, convenience, space-saving under-counter housing and because it’s the best of its type.”

The breakout areas and other hubs are a central part of an interior that also features Collaboration and Work Zones supporting teamwork, as well as Reflective and Quiet Zones conducive to focused and relaxed concentration. Each of the spaces feature distinct floor finishes, lighting and furniture to demarcate the zones.

 
Standard Chartered Bank
Words: Lynn Tan / Guy Allenby
Interior photography: Standard Chartered Bank Exterior photography: Owen Raggett
Architect: Woodhead

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