Designed For Flexibility
Fitch transformed Microsoft’s Singapore office, giving staff the freedom to choose where and how they work. With flexibility in mind, combined with superior durability and sustainability benefits, Fitch chose 960m2 of Bolon for the communal break out areas and presentations theaters throughout the multi-level building.
Introducing Microsoft, Singapore
Companies are increasingly employing design as a tool in the workplace to attract, retain and nurture talent. Microsoft’s Singapore office, which covers 77,000sqft, has recently undergone a major transformation and is a prime example of a flexible, efficient and comfortable workspace designed to enhance staff creativity, collaboration and productivity.
With a policy which actively encourages employees to work from wherever is most productive for them – whether that’s in the office, at home or somewhere else, staff at Microsoft Singapore no longer have designated desks and instead get to choose from a variety of work settings.
These include workbenches, focus rooms, quiet rooms, community areas, discussion areas, counter benches, and calling rooms.
Bolon flooring supports this flexibility, offering superior durability to handle high traffic and furniture settings that are constantly being transformed.
“Bolon’s weaving technology provides a superior aesthetic flooring solution. Bolon is highly durable to withstand heavy foot traffic and supports the nature of flexible working.”
Senior Designer, Fitch
It is no surprise that advanced technology has been well integrated into the design. There are meeting room booking systems with interactive LCD displays outside each room, which link back to Outlook and mobile phones.
The office also has no desktops. Staff can sit anywhere and simply plug in using one simple connection. Mobile phones are also linked to the phone system, making it is easy to find people.
Bolon offers the ideal flooring solution for the flexible space with its ability to be laid over Access Floors. Cords, electrical wires and sockets are hidden, with efficient access to these sub-floor items if required.
Sustainability was also a key consideration throughout the design process. Apart from minimising waste, the design team retained and reused as much of the original fit-out as possible. New finishes, including Bolon flooring were selected with their sustainability credentials in mind. Bolon collections and processes have been awarded stringent environmental certifications and were selected with confidence from both a quality and responsibility perspective.
“With sustainability in mind, Bolon was selected based on its environmental credentials and adherence to strict global standards. It is important that good design is also socially responsible and enduring.”
Senior Designer, Fitch
In addition to Singapore, Microsoft offices across the globe, including Canada and Sweden, also feature Bolon flooring and were selected for its high performance benefits of durability, cleanability and sustainability, as well as its flexibility design options to suit all spaces and markets.