Singapore – Joining forces with real estate company City Developments Limited (CDL), China-based Distrii successfully unveiled the largest and tech-driven co-working facility in May 2018, located in CDL’s Republic Plaza at Raffles Place, in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District. Occupying more than 62,000 square feet across six floors, the facility provides amenities including more than 900 work stations, private work spaces and customizable team spaces, a 200-pax capacity multi-purpose hall and a food & beverage outlet.
DB&B worked with Distrii to achieve the objective of transforming the way people work. As this is Distrii’s first foray out of their base in China, the facility had to undergo thorough design thinking process right from the onset. Distrii is designed to support its users in every way through comfort, technology optimization and customized work settings.
One Space Fits All
Caption: Mixture of open and enclosed workspaces available at Distrii to suit different work needs.
Caption: Casual settings are also available for quick meet-ups and informal discussions.
Diversifying from the usual office set-up, Distrii aims to operate in a more organic manner.
“Having different types of users under one roof, the physical space caters to various work needs by providing a range of configurations. ”
Work settings include private and customized spaces as well as flexible, hot-desking areas available for bookings.
Caption: Value added space planning to utilize every corner of Distrii as a functional space.
The design value adds to the new concept with strategic space planning that maximises real estate efficiency. Every space in Distrii is configurable and tailored to user needs. One such example would be the hot-desking area below the staircase, an unusual place to design for a work setting. The area is given a “café-bar” treatment, elevating the hospitality look and feel.
SMART Office Integration – Technology as Enablers
Caption: SMART technology are integrated into the physical space to support the daily operations at Distrii.
One of the key success factor of this project effectively integrated Distrii’s proprietary enterprise collaboration and productivity tools to its physical space. This included a mobile application that is backed by a cloud-based system and Internet of Things Technology (IoT), focusing on office tools and social circles. The application provides access and booking of meeting rooms, as well as supporting video conferencing and internal administration management. Letting users stay connected both online and offline, Distrii provides an engaging space for its users.
“Technology should support the physical space in order to serve users as enablers and not as disruptors.”
Working at Home
Caption: Distrii thematic approach exudes warm hospitality with the use of residential furniture and a homely colour palette.
In addition to designing around the needs of the users, the design inspires users by making them feel right at home with a “resi-mercial” design approach, designing the office as we would a home. For a start, the design introduced residential furniture such as sofa and coffee table setting that could work as a discussion area or a personal workspace. Coupled with warm ambient lighting, and the clever interplay of wooden trellis and chevron-shaped flooring pattern with dark turquoise boiserie paneling, Distrii becomes a homely and warm co-working space.
Caption: Refreshing biophilic elements around the co-working space to energize the surroundings.
Biophilic elements are infused to energize the work environment by providing health and wellness to the surroundings. Bearing in mind that the users are the most important people to design for, Distrii’s space design connects the multi-level facility with a grand staircase that provides the backbone of connectivity. The staircase is naturally flanked with plenty of greenery in line with sustainability efforts and nourishing the work environment.
The DB&B Group is a leading interior design consultancy and construction firm with offices in key Asian cities – Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. The company offers personalised, professional and well-executed interior solutions. DB&B also operates a network of 100,000 square feet factories in the region. The group has received several international awards including the Interior Design Excellence Award, Hong Kong Global Design Awards, International Property Awards, SPARK Awards and the FuturArc Green Leadership Award.
Distrii Singapore, the first international flagship centre of Distrii 办伴 is the single largest tech-driven coworking space in Singapore, spanning 62,000 sq ft across 6 floors where inter-connected smart office technology drives work efficiency and productivity within Distrii’s physical and digital space. With its own main entrance located next to Raffles Place MRT station, Distrii Singapore features a spacious 2,000 sqft multi-purpose events hall for up to 200 people, a food and beverage space operated by German burger chain Hans Im Glück and a coffee counter operated by Mellower Coffee, apart from providing over 900 work stations, private offices and customisable team spaces.
Established in 2016 in Shanghai China, Distrii 办伴was founded by Dr Hu Jing, a trained engineer who left his high-flying career as chief architect and executive vice-president of property developer Greenland Group to start Distrii. Headquartered in Shanghai, Distrii is now in 40 locations within 7 cities in 2 countries (China and Singapore), serving more than 20,000 members from over 600 enterprises.