Crafting a workspace to showcase innovation and sustainability
As one would expect of a leading multidisciplinary engineering practice which was recently voted one of Australasia’s most innovative companies, Aurecon likes to do things differently. Their working style is highly collaborative, and their firm’s modus operandi is to work alongside Client’s to co-create clever, innovative solutions. Aurecon naturally wanted to approach their workplace project similarly and the true spirit of co-creation, they challenged our Team to find the optimum solution. This is where our design-led thinking approach kicked in, allowing us to push past the obvious to craft a sustainable, collaborative & inspiring workplace that supports Aurecon’s quest to “bring ideas to life”.
- Create an office that reflects Aurecon’s commitment to sustainability and wellbeing
- Showcase their technology in urban farming
- Bring in locality and culture of Singapore into design
- Create collaborative spaces to spark innovation
DESIGNING SUSTAINABILITY INTO THE WORKPLACEIn terms of designing sustainability in the workplace, an important initial consideration was daylight. Our design planning aimed to maximize the infusion of natural sunlight into the office for the benefit of the many living plants (no artificial plants were used as part of our biophilic inspired design) that aims to emphasize the symbiotic interaction between people and the natural world. Since daylight is also pretty good for humans too, we placed key event and community spaces in areas with good views. Wherever possible, furniture was re-cycled, and new joinery items were specially designed and built to be easily re-used in the event of future relocation. Aurecon’s dedication to sustainability is further demonstrated by this forward-thinking strategy. Staff is educated and sustainability is promoted with thoughtful branding visuals.
URBAN FARM ELEMENT
A real-life urban farm is a key design element that has been cleverly integrated into the reception area. The urban farm project is a local Client team-inspired & run initiative which grows edibles and vegetables organically using energy-efficient technologies. This not only creates a talking point for clients and staff but serves as a metaphor for Aurecon’s quest to “bring ideas to life and, their firm undying commitment to sustainability.
Aurecon knows that breakthrough ideas can come from unlikely sources, and we wanted to pay homage to this. With this idea in mind, a LEGO wall was designed into the library area. This isn’t just a gimmick, aside from the obvious link between Lego and building; it serves multiple goals, including sparking creativity through the use of one’s imagination and serving as a fun, stress-relieving exercise that every engineer can relate to and appreciate. The Lego wall includes Singapore themed Legos such as the Merlion, Art Museum and National flag which all serve to reinforce pride in the Country. Other branding initiatives include using Singapore street names and landmarks as part of the wayfinding strategy to make it easier to identify and relate to space such as aptly named, ‘Satay by the Bay’ which is the main Café & Event space.
Other branding initiatives include using Singapore street names and landmarks as part of the wayfinding strategy to make it easier to identify and relate to space such as aptly named, ‘Satay by the Bay’ which is the main Café & Event space.
Aurecon’s office reflects their commitment to sustainability, innovation and wellbeing.
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