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Thin Office / Studio SKLIM

  • 01:00 - 12 October, 2010
Thin Office / Studio SKLIM
Thin Office / Studio SKLIM, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +22

From the architect. While tapping on a laptop in a cafe has become the ubiquitous platform to begin "work", the need for a permanent work environment for any office is still necessary in the long run. Perhaps what has changed since the advent of "coffee offices" has been the increasing need for flexibility within a sedentary work sphere.

The program brief was for an office space shared by an IT company and a multi-media setup. Located in a refurbished postwar building right in Singapore's CBD outskirts, the space was long and narrow with split levels, offering the possibility of a raised space. Existing light fixtures, ceiling and wall conditions were left unaltered as much as possible.

The designed space was to reflect the ethos of the companies: Flexibility, Technology and Creativity. The office space was loosely organised into 8 clusters namely: the Boss Boxes, Long Work Top , Discussion Table, Welcome Mat, Sanitary & Storage, Recharging Point, Twist Platform and Multi-media Corner. Each of these clusters were arranged around an open plan configuration with the exception of Sanitary & Storage to allow a multifarious overlap of working trajectories.

The flexible working environment was kept in mind with the possibility of hot desking, informal working clusters and also semi-private cubicles. The Boss Boxes were an option for more privacy as some work required a certain level of seclusion. Technology is a crucial aspect of any modern day office and the ease of being "connected" to either an internet network or a power source was one of the concerns of the client. The fluctuating size of the workforce also meant flexible working spaces which could be contracted and expanded to fit the demands of this office. The result was the "Long Work Top" which incorporated an ingenious power strip of data points, power supply and telecommunication points to be 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.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

The Twist Platform was a raised meeting pod that capitalised on the higher ceiling to incorporate storage beneath. Sightlines, privacy and anthropometrics were important aspects to the final geometric configuration of this space. The Twist Platform thus provided the backdrop to an office party at the Recharging Point and provided privacy to the independent operation of the multi-media setup. The giant overhead light fixture was a final touch to the suggestion of this event space.

The essence of this "Thin Office" was a desire to remain anonymous and to provide a blank canvas for various work scenarios and possibilities. This "thinness" was translated from the basic organisation of spaces which opened up a central thoroughfare for circulation, light and natural ventilation, through to the furniture details which celebrated the geometrical state of being folded, suspended or twisted.

© Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
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DIMA · October 14, 2010

RT @gpidesign: Liking the sleek aesthetic of this "Thin House",although bulb lines in the ceiling are really bugging me http://bit.ly/bIXEya

Caitlin Walsh · October 14, 2010

Liking the sleek aesthetic of this "Thin House", although bulb lines in the ceiling are really bugging me http://bit.ly/bIXEya

boonteck · October 14, 2010

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bt · October 13, 2010

hi, bt from kidotech here. the floor space for the unit is 1205 sq. ft.

as for the height, i'll have to go dig it up, don't have it off-hand. the raised meeting platform is slightly lower then the higher level

floor material is white matte epoxy on cement screed. maintenance of the floor, is hugely dependent of the quality of the cement screed. we do have some markings on the floor due to chair rollers. it's all part of the personalising as it happens. ;-D

HDXTST · October 14, 2010 04:30 AM

thanks for the update bt, the conference room looks superb!

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Anton · October 13, 2010

Wondering what is the material floor finish? seems like difficult to maintain..

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Wendy Kelly · October 13, 2010

I am intrigued by this design. Nice use of space & I think the white works well here. I may have missed this, but I'm curious about the square footage and also exact ceiling heights.

SKLIM · October 14, 2010 04:23 PM

Thank you for the kind words.

There was a mistake in the area as listed. It should read as 120 sq metres approx. The ceiling heights are 3430 mm and 2694mm respectively from FFL to underside of Ceiling (not beam). Hope that answers your question.

Jason · October 13, 2010

Creepy...reminds me of...

http://billsmovieemporium.file...

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