Tripadvisor sought out Unispace for a complete office redesign, turning this Singapore office into a destination for collaboration. Translating global workplace guidelines to meet regional workplace needs.
Unispace has collaborated with Tripadvisor across multiple projects globally and supported the development of a global framework for their future workplace. Tripadvisor embarked on a comprehensive office redesign project, transforming their Singapore location into a premier destination for collaboration, reflecting the global online travel company’s commitment to excellence.
The HIVE ABW Guidelines have become Tripadvisor’s new global workplace design and construction guidelines.
As a consequence of our work on the guidelines, the local Unispace Strategy team was entrusted to work with Tripadvisor on a pilot project in Singapore to establish how they could be best translated to incorporate local nuances and needs.
The Unispace team was also tasked with reducing real estate costs for Tripadvisor, this was achieved by validating how they worked and decreasing their real-estate footprint by half.
An integrated approach was taken to develop a workplace strategy and intelligent design that ensured the smaller footplate met the new needs of their team as they return to the workplace after an extended period of working from home.
AT THE HEART OF THE PROJECT WAS THE DESIRE TO CREATE A DESTINATION FOR COLLABORATION
Critically, the Singapore Tripadvisor team emphasized the need for the new office to play a more social role in their operations moving forward, serving as a collaboration hub for colleagues to gather and interact for work and leisure.
There are elements of work-life that employees miss out on when working 100% remotely. A few standouts are:
- Collaborative in-person meetings
- Ad hoc informal breakouts
- Casual encounters in the corridors and communal spaces
With these in mind, we wanted to create a flexible, yet energy-evoking space that would allow for planned meetings, informal team gatherings and an agile work process.
AS TRIPADVISOR WELCOMES THEIR PEOPLE BACK INTO THEIR REIMAGINED OFFICE, THEY ENTER AN INTIMATE AND ENGAGING SPACE THAT CAN BE LIKENED TO A TROPICAL RESORT AMBIANCE
Tripadvisor’s design preference was for a softer hospitality feel. Materials and artifacts were strategically selected by the Unispace design team to incorporate local Southeast Asian influences.
Singapore based artisans and suppliers were also approached during the sourcing process, with the finalized office containing select pieces of furniture and artworks created by local craftsmen.
Throughout the project, sustainability remained a key focus – a good number of existing furniture items and IT equipment were repurposed, in order to minimise environmental impact.
Design Studio: Unispace
Photo Credit: Owen Raggett