Chrisandra Heng, Brandon Liu, Kee Choon Yen
Parsons Brinckerhoff Pte. Ltd.
SCA Design Pte Ltd
Unilever ‘Project Our Space’
‘Project Our Space’, encompassing the design of a 145,000 sq. ft. office in Maple Tree Business City, was the result of an extensive design and change management process. This materialized in a new alternate workplace that ushered in a new era for the company and corporate interior space in Singapore. Informed by an extensive process of strategic workplace analyses, exploration and design workshops with both the client and workplace strategists, the design aligns with Unilever’s mission of adding vitality to life, while building a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture centered on activity-based working.
The design not only transformed the business into a new inspirational environment, but is a transformation of the company’s culture in Singapore. The concept exhumes Unilever as a global powerhouse yet design elements of human touch and scale, captures the personal and domestic nature of their end product at the same time. Spread across six stories, the ‘Heart’ was the glue that connected the people, all working as one regional business. An extensive and complex stair and void space cuts through the entire office, connecting the people and reinforcing the concept ‘One Unilever’.
Also, as one of the first Platinum Green Mark certified offices in Singapore, the project represents the results of many aspirations aligning in one design: the goals of the client’s business, the sustainability of the environment, and the forward thinking direction of workplace strategies, the exploration of design and the aspirations of the employees.