Eco Forest Campus
"Eco-Forest Campus concept
with Client’s Cares initiative sets the future
benchmark of the workplace
design that fosters productivity,
creativity, social well-being and
community engagement. "
The average person will spend a third or more of his life at work. Recently, a paradigm shift has emerged to invoke new workplace environments in line with modern practices, technologies, and work culture, as seen in exemplary offices for Google, Deloitte, etc. The contemporary employer has begun to realize the far-reaching benefits of an improved work environment; greater productivity, employee bonding, loyalty, and retention.
Another salient aspect of the employer’s commitment towards the employees’ workplace is that the greater community will perceive the employer as caring, integrity, and socially responsible. The design of the new office complex is lynch pinned around the concept of a “campus” setting amidst greenery and the “Greening” of Green Buildings. Taking cues from the existing streetscape as one approaches the site (the road gives access to building – which is beautifully tree-lined), the site’s frontage designed to be an extensively planted Eco-Forest.
This densely landscaped area is open and barrier-free and creates a vital arrival/welcoming ambiance to visitors and end-user alike. This connotes the “Clients Cares Initiative” culture to the public, being approachable and at the same time connected to the community. To reinforce this concept, the building volumes cascade to a height set at four storeys with a further set-in of the ground storey alongside this forecourt area to reduce the mass of this large building.
Besides, the trees in this forecourt area serve as shading elements to the western façade of the complex. Organisationally, the building is profiled as a horseshoe (C-shaped) around an atrium area with both “arms” of the C-shape housing the offices and the straddling part being the common areas. A multi-level car park is aligned on the east side and is separated from the office by the central lift and services core. A multi-function hall tucked to the south of the complex, set at a lower level to cater to the function as a sports hall and such that the rest of the office ground floor is not excessively and unnecessarily high.
“Direct access from the outside is provided and advantageous during functions, etc. This area is south side designated for visitors”
The atrium is designed with controlled natural daylighting and permits views of the outside Eco-Forest. A landscaped planter area and terrace atop the front porch allow for trees and creeping foliage to serve as sun-shading. Topping this is an extended roof held by randomly placed columns (akin to forest trees). Connecting across the atriums are link bridges and meeting pods that cantilever above the landscape planter terrace.
“Many green buildings are technically excellent, sustainably, and efficient in energy terms; they do not feel “Green” in the ecological and habitat sense.”
This building focuses on “Greening Green Buildings,” where the green environment infused into the workplace, particularly at the central atrium and the Eco-Forest. The design intent is to greet visitors and inhabitants wish lush forest entrance, the entry side gardens, and as one traverses through, the atrium sunken garden. Interspersed throughout the building are planter boxes and gardens alongside connecting linkways, workspace, and roof terrace. Large open landscaped decks present an outdoor respite area for the employees.
The office wings design strategy focuses on open-plan, permitting complete flexibility and connectivity laterally to the creative break-out areas and vertically to the atrium. Vertical circulation utilizing generously sized staircases is encouraged, and balconies at the west end of each wing serve as break-out and smoking areas. The interior design elements such as partitions, planter box separators, discussion pods, mood boards, etc., are applied to enhance the working environment. The spatial layout of the office environment enables the spirit of cooperation, cross-discipline interaction, and the exchanging of creative ideas. This design continues the caring values set by SEB in establishing a flexible work environment, connected and in line with the vision towards a high-performance culture of the employees.
In the hope that the designed environment shall present itself to be one where the employees would feel excited to be working in, be motivated and inspired, and share the values and commitment set by the client In line with the State’s digital agenda, the IT systems in this building should be equally advanced. Incorporating smart building systems will be integrated into an App-based system permitting individual user communication with comfort control systems and management tools (e.g., access, security, meeting room bookings, hot-desk assigning (if required), etc.).
The system will be AI-based, enabling it to learn and configure user habits and preferences. The introduction of facial recognition technology will assist security access control. Vehicle plate recognition will permit easy drive-through access for registered cars as well as car-park bay assigning. With fixed and interactive displays, meeting rooms with projectors are directly linked to the house App system. A large transparent LED digital display greets the user in the atrium broadcasting daily events, announcements, etc. Meeting Area/ Creative Break Area