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Best World International “Wellness Oasis”, Singapore by Bean Buro

Project name:
Best World International / ‘Wellness Oasis’
Architecture firm:
Daniel Koh Photography
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Design team:
Lorène Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, Christina Standaloft, Jamie Yue, Florence Chardonnal, Patrick Wiejoyo, Shefield Ng, Michael Wong
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Interior design:
Bean Buro
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Environmental & MEP:
ID21 Pte Ltd
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Enscape, Adobe Photoshop
Best World International
Commercial › Workplace

“In this nature-inspired design, a versatile garden-style café island serves town hall events, featuring a central island with surrounding seating and a captivating mirror ceiling, for a unique and visually attractive effect.”
- Lorène Faure, co-founder of Bean Buro

“The goal is to establish a flexible and inviting workspace to attract employees back to the office after the COVID-19 remote work period. Emphasising employee wellbeing, this design fosters a refreshed company culture and facilitates seamless collaboration among team members.”
- Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, co-founder of Bean Buro

The Brief: A Haven for Productivity and Wellness

We were tasked with the opportunity to design a sophisticated and inviting headquarters for our esteemed client organisation, renowned for their expertise in skincare and wellness brands. Nestled within a premium 22,000 sqft Grade A office space, the large office offers panoramic window views and plenty of natural light. Our vision is to design a welcoming reception area showcasing the client's products, along with a professional boardroom, well-equipped meeting rooms, a cosy pantry, and a modern open-plan workspace centred around employee wellbeing. The workspace will feature a mix of traditional and flexible desks, as well as dedicated lockers for personal belongings.

Our main goal is to create an enticing work environment that encourages employees to return to the office after the extended work-from-home experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to promote a renewed company culture and facilitate effortless collaboration among team members.

The Narrative: Nature's Serenity as the Guiding Force

For our design narrative, we drew upon nature as inspiration for the shapes and colours throughout the entire project. A central aspect of the design is a multifunctional pantry, cleverly fashioned as a lush garden island café, which can cater for town hall gatherings. Situated at the heart of an open pantry layout, the island is encircled by café seating, and features a mirrored ceiling overhead, yielding an engaging optical illusion.

The Process: A Confluence of Layout, Orientation, and Environmental Considerations

We assessed the specific needs of our client’s organisation to devise a layout strategy that fosters collaboration and productivity. Our design approach took into account the building's orientation, ensuring that we optimised window views for an enhanced user experience. Additionally, we considered daylight patterns to promote energy efficiency in both heating and cooling, while also preventing glare for employees at their workstations.

The Solution: Fluid Spaces Encouraging Engagement and Resilience

The design solution establishes a smooth transition from a welcoming reception area, featuring a blue-toned, sculptural, wavy reception desk, paired with a product display section and library shelves that hold a circular table and chairs. From this point, visitors can seamlessly move into an open, spacious, café-style pantry, showcasing an oval-shaped central seating island decorated with plants and surrounded by adaptable, movable furniture arrangements. Boardrooms, meeting rooms, and a multi-purpose lounge space with a digital screen for company presentations and karaoke sessions are located along the side of this café-like area. The overall open-concept workspace comprises multiple neighbourhoods complemented by an array of break-out spaces, such as built-in phone booths, semi-enclosed collaborative diner booths, and window bay seating. Additionally, private offices are positioned in the background to prevent any obstruction of views or natural daylight for the general workforce situated in the open-plan neighbourhoods.

The Materials: A Symphony of Tones and Textures

The materials palette featured light tones, textured surfaces, and natural neutrals, with blue accents such as the reception desk and door portals to reflect the company's identity. The garden café showcased a soft coral hue for the open ceiling, accompanied by a light grey woven textured flooring that was soft to the touch. This durable woven flooring is suitable for high traffic use in the multi-function space which also included a wet pantry. The meeting rooms' interiors displayed a variety of colour schemes achieved through pink and blue acoustic wall panels. Carpets were used in the general work neighbourhoods, with a light grey carpet earmarking the main circulation routes and a beige carpet designating the work neighbourhoods.

Environmental Design: Prioritising User Comfort

For well-being designs, the lighting strategy prioritised end user comfort. For example, artificial skylights have been installed in boardrooms and meeting rooms, creating a fresh and airy ambience. The garden café is naturally illuminated by panoramic windows, while spotlights supplement the light to create a cosy and homely atmosphere. Breakout areas feature more relaxing lighting effects.

Acoustic considerations are vital for open-plan spaces. Overhead acoustic ceiling panels have been incorporated in open ceilings to dampen noise reverberation, and meeting room walls have been adorned with acoustic absorption finishes. A distinct cork finish, an eco-friendly and sustainable material, was utilised for seating upholstery in various spaces, providing a soft, playful, and delicate feel.

The Challenge: An Iconic, Inspiring, and Holistic Workplace

The challenge entailed establishing a functional workplace in all respects, imbued with a refined and subtle aesthetic that fosters a distinct identity for this skincare and wellness-oriented firm. This has successfully instigated a chain reaction, enhancing forthcoming franchise operations – including retail shops, showrooms, and offices – across the company's multiple locations in various countries.

A cross-cultural studio

Bean Buro is award-winning studio with origins from France, the UK and Japan, led by RIBA architects Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui, as a close-knitted team of cross-cultural designers to provide architectural interior design services. The studio was founded in 2013 in Hong Kong and has rapidly gained an international reputation as a unique practice.

Tasteful & distinguished designs
With a breadth of industry experience, the studio work across a range of luxury residential, commercial, hospitality, F&B, retail and mixed-use projects with a reputation in producing high-quality architectural interior designs that are fresh, tasteful and elegant. We work with a network of specialists, suppliers, and adopt a design-lead process with our clients that is collaborative, engaging and rigorous.

Narrative philosophy
We believe architecture is an emotional, spatial experience produced by both the user and the creator. Our inspirations stem from the observation, speculation and analysis of contextual aspects such as historical, environmental, cultural and social factors. We poetically interpret the exchanges of these factors to create humanistic narratives for our designs. We use artistic representations of drawings and models to explore ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas’. These are the driving forces for us to create designs that are rich in intellectual and imaginative qualities.

By Liliana Alvarez

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