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see how HASSELL created a sense of fun and collaboration in their next generation working space.

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see how HASSELL created a sense of fun and collaboration in their next generation working space.

HASSELL expertly subverted pop culture tropes to re-envisage co-working as a progressive yet playful model.

Imagine that Friday night overtime crunch: you’re hunched down at your desk, a lonely figure lost in the open-plan of just another high-rise tower office. And then you hear curious, excitable sounds coming from a nearby fellow occupant. Not something you expect to hear from your isolated office space. Looking out towards a neighbouring office tower, you spy a party of people milling in a double-height open space carved from the tower façade. Decked with greenery and a pool with giant animal floats, the scene seems like a mirage, conjured by your fatigued Friday night. But it’s not.


‘That office’ is The Working Capitol at Robinson Road, Singapore’s latest and hottest co-working address in the Little Red Dot. The party: a scene from their opening night. Designed by HASSELL, TWC at Robinson Road occupies 11 out of 19 floors of the Crown at Robinson, a newly built Neo-Artdeco commercial building designed by Ong & Ong.

six steps to creating a next generation workspace…

01: HASSELL organised the large floor spaces into the more human-scaled rooms and zones using a distinct geometric language of plywood arches and framing. This went a long way toward recalling the scale and architectural details of the shophouses at Keong Saik.


02: The material palette uses plywood and paper to soften the interior and pairs them with fresh solid colours and dichroic film on glass for a dose of fun and richness. 


03: The floor stacking alternates between collaborative floors and quiet floors, topped by penthouse floors offering duplex units. On the collaborative floors, visitors are welcomed in breakout areas, flanked by communal workbenches.


04: Workspaces in varying capacities line the corridors. High above the rubber flooring, the ceiling is brought down to a more intimate scale by trusses fitted with custom LED lighting.


05: Dubbed ‘The Pindrop’, the quiet floors sport a similar layout but vary in the details to create a more muted-style of ambience. In place of breakout areas there are cosy nooks with single sofas. The colour palette is noticeably cooler and the rubber flooring is swapped out for tretford carpet.


06: Entry is discrete – through the side doors. And in a rather cute display of kitsch and personality, both floor types have unisex toilets. But like everything ‘fun’ in the space, it also serves a purpose: It’s both a way to save space and to foster another kind of collaboration. Remember the unisex toilets in Ally McBeal?

quiet floors with tretford carpet.

tretford Heather 530 was used for The Working Capitol quite floors. Heather 530 has a foundation of all natural undyed greys with hints of millennial pink tones which offered a tonal match to the overall theme – it’s one of 61 colour options.


Available in 2m roll (also used in custom rug-making) and tile, tretford offers easier installation and reduction in waste. Because tretford is made with 80% highest grade goat cashmere and is free from toxic chemicals, it enhances wellbeing through assured transparency (Red List Declare materials) and biophilic design. The unique non-ravel construction of tretford allows for clean crisp cuts in any direction without fraying as well as incredible durability and longevity.

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project in detail:



The Working Capitol


Commercial & Workplace

Products used: 

tretford carpets


5,200 sum


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