Workplace

19 November, 2018

From Rendering to Reality: Navigating the Construction of a New Global Headquarters

When you embark on the process of renovating an office space or even building new, everything is important. From design and space considerations down to building materials and fabric selections, there are so many variables to juggle — and that’s just pre-occupancy.

15 November, 2018

Building Corporate Culture: From The Ground, Up

The new Beijing headquarters of e-tailer JD.com sprawl across over 100 000m2 and represent the positive future of office space design. If you’ve ever shopped online in China, chances are that you’ve stumbled across JD.com. Also known as Jingdong, the company is one of the two largest e-tailers in China according to the most recent…

15 May, 2018

Paramit Factory: A Case Study in Industrial Biophilic Design

The Paramit Factory by Design Unit Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, challenges the industrial typology that is too often mired in questions of functionality and cost. John Bulcock, the principal architect, is best known for tropical houses, noteworthy for unfinished concrete walls and playful inventiveness with climate. Daylight, greenery and vistas were key considerations from the start.…

9 May, 2018

Making The Digital, Physical: Microsoft Suzhou Technology Centre

The universal language of ‘design empathy’: the power of limitless transportation. Design Empathy + The Digital World In the words of Cliff Kuang, “design empathy achieves something new. In empathising with others, we create things that we might never have created ourselves.” The sentiment is one that has only become truer in recent years, alongside…

29 September, 2017

The True Cost of Noise

Dead silence can be an intimidating working environment. Some sound in any workplace is generally desirable: pleasing background sounds like the gentle, indecipherable babble of colleagues speaking, one’s own choice of music or perhaps the sounds of nature coming through an open window. However, much of the sound in typical workplaces is undesirable: ringing phones,…

22 September, 2017

Using the BRE Biophilic Office Project to Study the Benefits of Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design as a key aspect of health and wellbeing is moving up the built environment agenda fast – and for good reason. With high rates of urbanisation, a rise in stress related illness and an increasing level of technological proliferation – it seems that we are moving ever further from the natural elements that…

20 March, 2017

Futurespace and SCA Design help Cisco Systems Get Agile

While commissioning designers and architects to design a space is often a collaboration with the client, it is not often that the client themselves are the experts. Cisco Systems, a company that has made its name as the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, commissioned Sydney-based design studio Futurespace and Singapore-based studio SCA Design…

15 December, 2016

Attracting New Talent and Maintaining a Happy Workforce

The era of nomadic working is shifting. Recent studies, including Peldon Rose’s Summer 2016 Happy Office survey, have found that working remotely can leave employees feeling increasing disconnected from colleagues and community. 66% of people found that their productivity decreased outside the connectivity of the workplace. With the return of an office-based culture; how can…