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Nowhere but Singapore, culture shines through in new Swiss Re workplace.
Designed for growth, Singapore’s dynamic cultural mix inspired the design by Woods Bagot for Swiss Re of its new regional headquarters in the cosmopolitan city-state.
Singapore’s dynamic cultural mix – Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan – is a foundation inspiration for the new regional headquarters of Swiss Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurance and insurance providers, designed by Woods Bagot.
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Marking a new era for Swiss Re in Southeast Asia, the space is designed for growth and able to comfortably accommodate 250 staff, capitalising on an expansive 2700 sqm floor plate.
The workspace features floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant natural light and 360-degree views of Singapore from the 10th floor of the Guoco Midtown office tower above Bugis MRT station.
Vibrant colours, earthy tones and different textures are prominent throughout, creating a positive hybrid working environment, encouraging collaboration and communication while aligning with Swiss Re’s brand positioning – “Partnering for Progress”.
Central to the Woods Bagot approach was the creation of a ‘Kit of Parts’ comprising different settings for workers depending on task, mood, personality, and work style with a focus on inclusion, diversity, and well-being.
The workspace has four design themes – welcome, collaboration, focus and social.
It features sit-to-stand workstations for all staff, booths, agile and 120-degree desks, 22 think tank rooms, 11 phone booths for private calls, focus areas, collaboration hubs and 12 meeting rooms of different sizes.
There’s also a café, kitchen, staff lounge and town hall space for large gatherings.
Health and well-being are promoted through extensive plantings that take advantage of the natural light, use of authentic materials like rattan, and strong, positive colours such as dusty pink, apricot, ochre, mauve, forest green and teal.
Art is an important component of Swiss Re’s workspaces and culture. It stimulates dialogue and creates an inspiring environment.
While art and architecture have become important visual expressions of the company’s identity, they also underpin Swiss Re’s commitment to offering staff a stimulating work environment.
In the Singapore workplace, the varied artworks have been created by artists with strong ties to the city-state.
Artists in the collection come from Singapore, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Philippines and Thailand.
The collection has no single theme, and many stories are told. Like Singapore itself, the Swiss Re art collection is diverse and complex, visually and culturally colourful.