Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to Question, Disturb & Redefine the spaces, forms & experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world.
Ministry of Design has created a holistic experience for Face to Face, a regional serviced office provider called APBC Offices, spanning Architecture, Interiors and complete Branding.
Situated in between the high-density areas of Raffles City and Raffles Place, the project aims to provide a service office and meeting environment that captures an emerging need for more lifestyle orientated workplaces.
Beginning the process by asking some fundamental questions, we began to investigate the creation of a distinct and holistic identity for the client in contrast to the conventional sleek, modern, professional image portrayed and experience provided by other service office providers.
We were also interested in the relationship and experience between the reception-visitors and landlord-tenant together with the lack of distinctiveness in the typical office meeting spaces and the lack of informal/serendipitous meetings.
Through our process of disturbing convention, we began to overturn several key areas.
We began by de-familiarizing the distinction of a reception counter by turning it into a pantry bar, meeting table cum play table. Here, a 10m long sculptural bar formed out of solid surface becomes a magnet for interaction and activity on a daily basis as well as during special functions. Next, we have provided the potential for seasonal transformation in the feel and function of the main public spaces through a full-length graphic wall. An all-black canvas coupled with dramatic lighting and various reflective/matte surfaces provide a dynamic and unconventional setting for an office – one that is more lifestyle-driven.
Portrayals of human and animal silhouettes provide a quirky and playful sensibility in the reception, pantry, meeting rooms and even the fire escape stairs allow the experience to be imaginable for both 1st time visitors and tenants. These features also aid in the defamiliarisation in the normative understanding and experience of typical office spaces.
Lastly, the orchestration of quotidian activities of tenants such as collecting mail, conducting brief meetings or relaxation periods in front of the main pantry on the 1st storey are aimed to encourage interaction between tenants and the Face To Face guest relations office.
As a redefined experience, Face to Face introduces a Concierge and guest relations officer instead of the typical passive receptionist. It provides different ways of meeting face-to-face and holistically, leaves a distinctive and imaginable impression of a differentiated serviced office experience that is both professional and lifestyle based.
Client: APBC Offices
Area: 500 sqm
Levels: 7 Floors + 1 basement
Project Architect: 7 Workshop
Uniform Design: Neptune Workwear
Contractor: Sinwah Timber Builders