|Project Name||The Working Capitol||Posted in||Public facilities, Design, Interior Design||Location||
1A Keong Saik Road
|Design Studio||Takenouchi Webb||Area (sqm)||2013.5||Client||The Bamboo Group|
Located in a former biscuit factory in Singapore’s Chinatown, The Working Capitol is a new shared working space with a sleek, elegant design by Takenouchi Webb studio. The Singapore-based architects and designers Marc Webb and Naoko Takenouchi transformed the 2,000-square-meter space into a clean and minimal configuration comprised of different zones that offer working stations in various configurations, from single working booths to larger communal tables and private office cubicles. In stark contrast with its ornate façade decorated with stucco ribbons and wreaths, The Working Capitol’s interior feels more utilitarian, efficient and contemporary, tailored for the young professional who is seeking new working models and combining doing business with socialising and exchanging ideas.
The vast former factory space was in fact five different shops, which offer different floorplans and height options; Takenouchi Webb worked in collaboration with the client to assign each zone, namely the open-plan spaces, the private offices, the event space and the in-house café, to the area best fitting for the corresponding use. All the workspaces, along with the reception, are accessed through the café, highlighting the social and cooperative nature of the whole project, while private desks were placed in a double-height area under an inverted pitched roof, and short-term desks can be found in the reception area.
For the renovation, the designers stripped the entire interior back to its shell, exposing the rough plaster on the walls, the wooden rafters and the original wooden floors. All the walls were then painted white in order to create a neutral background for the rest of the design elements; even the ventilation system on the ceiling — which in a typically “industrial” interior would have been left exposed in its original metal finish — has been covered with a layer of white fabric, or painted in the same colour as the furniture below. Colour has then been used to distinguish new additions from the original building, such as the bright yellow staircase leading up from the reception area. Attractively designed wooden furniture and further clever use of colour throughout adds variety and warmth to the entire project, whilst encouraging tenants to be creative and interact with one another.