When it comes to office design, good planning is essential. A good office design improves productivity and contributes to the well-being of your employees. It also reflect your company culture, branding and how you like to work, both internally and with your customers.
Believe it or not, the average adult spends over 50% of their daytime hours in an office. It’s the central part of our day and often the place we spend the most time in. This is why, in addition to functioning well, we want an office design that creates a pleasant and inviting place to spend time in.
With some thoughtful planning, you can achieve both… but where do you start?
Miracles design offers strategic space planning that suits both functionally and aesthetically. We offer visual walkthrough that allows our client to "walk around" and get a feel for their new workspace before they move in. This allows the client to get a sense of the look (and feel), and gives the opportunity to move/swop products, change colours, walls, carpets and more. 3D walk through are the next steps up in visualising office designs, accompanied with office plans. It gives the clients a true understanding of their new space.
Miracles Design Consultants was tasked to design a stimulating work environment for the flag carrier airline of Singapore, Singapore Airlines Limited.
Ditching the typical, uninspiring office cubicles for an open plan workspace is implemented to maximise the flexibility use of the space at TECHSQ, SIA Training Centre. The design space is to promote openness and transparency which allow the employees to meet each other and endorse collaborative working.
Given Singapore Airlines’ role as an award-winning airline corporation, we sought to showcase a contemporary, vibrant, futuristic and agile environment, while simultaneously preserving a clear and clean aesthetic that contribute to this message. The premise is to design an open space that can promote team integration and maintain versatile common areas, wherein different types of activities can be carried out. An open floor plan is chosen, with the operational area on the perimeter of the building in order to take advantage of natural light and, which enable the common services strategically distributed around the building.
The project incorporates dynamic spaces such as conference rooms with different capabilities, quiet rooms for virtual calls or meetings, private huddle rooms, project rooms, fully equipped hot desks for casual meetings, and open plan workstations. As for recreational areas, open space is designed which comprises a “futuristic work café” and with an operable wall where this space can be expanded to host “Town Halls.”
Brand image is expressed through the use of colour in different spaces and in elements that feature simple lines. Every single one of these details represents the implementation of materials that feel futuristic, fresh and innovative, which infuses quality to space. This includes a spiral staircase linking the two levels and undulating lines on the floors to define open spaces and working collaboration spaces.
The SVP leaning against our design of acoustic wall. Our tasked was to covert 4664 SQM of cubicl-ised workspace to an open shared concept of fun and colours.
The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors including age and preexisting medical conditions. In some cases, whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies tremendously from person to person. We propose for an IAQ test for a client and that helps to ensure and manage the whole project smoothly.
1) PM2.5 levels at all the indoor locations tested were within the SS554:2016 recommended threshold limit of <37.5μg/m³.
2) TVOC levels at all the indoor locations tested were within the SS554:2016 recommended threshold limit of <1000ppb.
3)Formaldehyde levels at all the indoor locations tested were within the SS554:2016 recommended threshold limit of <0.08ppm. Varnishes and glues used and applied on composite furniture release formaldehyde gas (off-gas) into the air. When formaldehyde is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.08ppm, some individuals may experience health effects such as watery eyes, burning sensations of the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation.
To connect the space, between Level 1 and Level 2, the client wants a "small staircase" to connect. Hence we include a design with a stylistic edge, a large custom steel spiral staircase was installed. The solid metal steps, and perforated metal railings echo the gritty yet sophisticated vibe of the space. The end result is, industrial and corporat-tie, giving the client an identity of their own.
We were appointed to design and build the Flight Operations Control Centre for Singapore Airlines Limited @ T3. The main purpose is to allow the senior pilots and pilots in training to gather at the “lobby” area before proceeding together to the respective briefing room. From here the visitor gains diverse insights and perspectives which has been completely modernised by Miracles Design.
Miracles Design was tasked with creating a young, colourful, vibrant work space for Singapore Airlines Limited, Cabin Crew Control Centre @ T3, Changi Airport.
The space features 2 different set of lounges, operable wall meeting rooms for town hall sessions, coffee bar, soft seating and host of varied working spaces – ranging from a large collaboration table to private smaller meeting room. Visitors have a sense of arrival with a modern bright reception feature through to the rest of the lounge and meeting area.
The lounge feels distinctly different from the rest of the office space and provides an escape to a more hospitable environment. The brief was to create the business lounge with young and vibrant feel but retain a level of formality to suit the nature of the business.
A blend of residential and corporate styles runs throughout the space. The coffee bar and island resemble a kitchen in a modern home interior, these elements are pivotal in creating the ‘home feel’. A colourful palette was used in the more social spaces, whilst darker tones were assigned to the working environments and meeting rooms to create a more intimate atmosphere. Modern more minimalist spaces are also layered with traditional elements to varying degrees.
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The companies in this article reflect the younger and more modern design that caters for the individual and collective needs of its people, which better reflects the profile of its workforce.
Some of our clients are “concerned about the focus on fun” and that work isn’t supposed to be exactly "fun" because it is work.” However, they are open to the idea of workplace designs that people can work, rest and play in. Often we suggested, pool tables, drinks fridges and games consoles are some good examples of making an office "fun", which will rally in support when they can now think "I know where I’d rather spend my lunch hour".
The company will still appear to exhibit the ‘voice of business’ which is still thoughtful and considered and rightly so. New workplace design can change your company culture or further supports the reflection of your existing culture.
Does your workplace design reflect your company culture? If it doesn’t, talk to us and let us know about the changes you want to make to your workplace.