Faced with a challenge of having to marry contrasting design characteristics, DB&B Singapore risked it all to create the ultimate ‘organised chaos’.
Drive along Neil Road in Singapore, one would be able to catch the unmistakably quaint conservation buildings, with its exterior clad in bright orange and white. Occupying the first floor at this colonial beauty is global leader in online payment solutions, Paypal.
For this world-wide organization that has received more than 20 awards of excellence from the internet industry and business community, Paypal’s Singapore office had to reflect its image of an industry leader which is second to none in its field.
The design brief is to have a mixed of the old and young, all under one roof. Assigned designers and fit-out experts DB&B Singapore took on the challenge to balance the old-style charm of this building with a modern and vibrant approach inside.
With careful planning, the transformation of imagery from outside to inside reflects a journey from the yesteryears to the present. Even the colour palette offers an exciting blend – the corporate blue of Paypal is partnered alongside the vibrant hues of eBay, the former’s parent company at various pockets of spaces.
“The entire environment takes on two contrasting approaches. We retained the original architecture of the heritage building and marry it with the colours of today. All this characteristics roll into one unified look that is exudes modernity and excitement. I term it ‘organised chaos’”, Senior Creative Director of DB&B Singapore, Ronald Legaspi quipped.
Left – Right:
1. The colourful wall juxtaposes the colonial large-framed windows, creating a unified partnership.
2. The general work area is vast and topped with raw, open ceiling.
Source: different perspectives, Issue 4