This building project is called Thin Office. This office is built by SKLIM Studio. The Thin Office is located in South East Asia, precisely in Jalan Besar, Singapore, which is covers an area for about 225 square meters. For complete information about this great office read the sentence bellow the paragraph!
Now, tapping on a laptop in a cafe has become the ubiquitous platform to begin “work”, in a long-term, the need for a permanent work environment for any office is still necessary. This is maybe caused by the advent of a “coffee offices” which has been increase the need for flexibility within a sedentary work sphere.
An IT company and a multi-media setup are shared that the program brief is for an office space. The space where the office is precisely located in a refurbished postwar building right in Singapore’s CBD outskirts is long and narrow with split level, it offering the possibility for a raised space. As much as possible, the existing light fixtures, the ceiling and the wall conditions are left unaltered.
The ethos of the company itself is Flexibility, technology and creativity. It must be reflected in the office design. The designed space was to reflect the ethos of the companies: Flexibility, Technology and Creativity. The office space is loosely organized into 8 clusters, i.e.: the Boss Boxes, Long Work Top , Discussion Table, Welcome Mat, Sanitary & Storage, Recharging Point, Twist Platform and Multi-media Corner. Each of these clusters is arranged around in an open plan configuration with the exception of Sanitary & Storage. It’s to allow the multifarious overlap of trajectories working.
With the possibility of hot desk-ing, informal working cluster and also semi-private cubicles, the flexible working environment is kept in mind. The Boss Boxes are an option for more privacy as some work which required a certain level of seclusion. The technology is an important aspect in of any modern day office and the ease of being “connected’ to the either an internet network or a power source is one of the concern of the client. The fluctuating size of the workforce also meant the flexible working spaces, which is can be contracted and expanded to fit the demands of this office. The result is the “Long Work Top” which is incorporated an ingenious power strip of data points, the power supply and the telecommunication points to be an accessible at any location along this table, expanding the number of workstations from 6 to 10 in a few minutes. This single piece of stretched work surface became part of a greater string of furniture transforming from table top, reception seating, storage and finally to pantry space.
The twist platform is a raised meeting pod. The meeting pod itself is capitalized on the higher ceiling to incorporate the storage beneath. The important aspects to the final geometric configuration of this space are the sight lines, privacy and the anthropometric. The twist platform thus provides the backdrop to an office party at the recharging point and it’s providing the privacy to the independent. The essence of this “Thin Office” is a desire to remain an anonymous and to provide a blank canvas for various works of scenarios and the possibilities. The “Thinness” is translated from the basic organization of spaces which is opened up a central thoroughfare for circulation, light and natural ventilation, through to the furniture details which is celebrated the geometrical state of being folded, suspended or twisted.
That’s the best information that I’ve got. Enjoy!
- Architects: Studio SKLIM
- Location: Jalan Besar, Singapore
- Client: Kido Technologies
- Design Team: Kevin Lim
- Project Area: 225 sqm
- Photographs: Jeremy San, courtesy of Studio SKLIM