Join us as we take a look at some of the offices around Singapore’s central business district(CBD) area. The drastic contrast of feelings you get from being on the streets of CBD and when you are in the office itself will surprise you!
Looking at Office of Trend Micro
A global cybersecurity company with their Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa headquarters located in Singapore. Situated at one of the Suntec Towers that oversees the beautiful Marina Bay. However, the bay view is not the only thing that is worth admiring, the office is also a beauty itself!
Trend Micro engaged M Moser to design an office that was suited for a human-centric workspace that inspires collaboration and facilitates meaningful connections. An office that brings energy, mobility, and technology into the workplace while promoting the well-being of staff and guests.
We will be exploring how M Moser has utilised greenery in the office to achieve their aims.
Employees and guests are instantly greeted by the sounds of nature – birds chirping and river flowing along with a lush green wall. It makes you leave behind the hectic journey you might have encountered to arrive here, ready to tackle the day with a clear mind.
Accompanied by a big lounge area right in front of the green wall, it offers employees a space where they can relax and interact when they need a break.
As you go around the office, you will notice many of the workspaces have greeneries in close proximity. This has to do with the fact that, often, how we feel in space affects how we function and work. Plants are powerful decor that changes the atmosphere of a space drastically – visually and environmentally.
Employees were 15% more productive when workplaces are filled with just a few plants, as employees who actively engage with their surroundings are better workers.
– The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments. (2014) Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Here are some of the plants that are used around the work desks to purify and improve the air quality and aesthetics:
Ficus Lyrata – helps eliminate dust and controls humidity.
Schefflera arboricola – eliminate toxins: benzene, formadehyde & toluene, from the air.
Anthurium andraeanum – eliminates toxins: formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene & xylene.
Philodendron bipinnatifidum – low maintenance, great accent plant.
Ficus benjamina – eliminates toxins: airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.
Dypsis lutescens – eliminates toxins: acetone, xylene, and toluene from the air.
Ficus elastica – low maintainenece & eliminates toxins: formaldehyde, bacteria and mold spores in the air
Rhapis excelsa – eliminates toxins: formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene & xylene from the air.
All the plants help to increase the level of oxygen level which improves the concentration level, boosting productivity. With cleaner air, the chances of employees falling ill will decrease as well. You can read more about wellness indoors here.
Aside from the smart use of plants, here is an ingenious way they incorporate a whiteboard with reindeer moss splitting it into sections. An essential tool for ideation, this integration allows multiple teams to use the board and prevents the wall from looking too dull!