Designed for Growth

Culture shines through in new Swiss Re workplace.

Swiss Re

Designed for growth, Singapore’s dynamic cultural mix inspired Woods Bagot’s design for Swiss Re’s new regional headquarters in the cosmopolitan city-state.

Marking a new era for Swiss Re in Southeast Asia, the space is designed to optimise an expansive 2700 sqm floor plate for growth and comfortably accommodate 250 staff.

Project details

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 near Bugis MRT station.

Vibrant colours, earthy tones and different textures are prominent throughout, creating a positive vibe in the hybrid working environment, which encourages 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, 120-degree desks for agile working, 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 use of green plants 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.

While the collection has no single theme, the artworks convey varied and diverse stories. Like Singapore itself, the Swiss Re art collection is diverse and complex, visually and culturally colourful.

Guoco Midtown, Singapore
Swiss Re Group
30,000 sf
2,787 sqm