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5 Forward-Looking Offices in Asia

Here are five companies that have innovatively and boldly addressed the needs of their workers and business in a diverse and changing office landscape.

BY Janice Seow

September 25th, 2014

kokuyo_information_wall-1 #1 Kokuyo ‘Next Office’, Tokyo Since the opening of its new head office building in 1969, KOKUYO has consistently been a driving force behind advanced office projects and internal explorations of workplace movements. The so-called ‘modern workplace’ has a strong focus on integration, connectivity, technology and a notable levelling of hierarchy, and the KOKUYO ‘Next Office’ – a ‘live office’ in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki – aims to explore and integrate these ideas by taking the ‘modern workplace’ to a higher level. Read more. 4-1 #2 White Paper Office by Design Systems, Hong Kong Award-winning interior and industrial design studio Design Systems have completed a diverse range of projects since coming onto the scene in 1999. But it could be said that their very own Hong Kong office, located in an industrial building in Kowloon, is their boldest work yet. Read more. neri41 #3 Flamingo Office by Neri&Hu, Shanghai Located in the attic of a converted industrial building, the new Shanghai office of branding consultancy firm Flamingo defies expectations from the onset. The challenge facing Chinese architectural duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu then, was to pay tribute to the unique construct, while conceiving an open plan office that was high on both style and function. Read more. hub2 #4 Hub by Hyunjoon Yoo Architects, Seoul The appeal of a freelance career has led to the sprouting of collaborate workspaces across South Korea and the latest of such spaces to land in Seoul is HUB. Funded by the municipal government, budding entrepreneurs are offered not only an office space, but a six-month consulting service, both supplied by the Social Business Association and Jobs for Young Adults. Read more. google1 #5 Google Kuala Lumpur by M Moser Associates Google’s KL office by M Moser Associates is a space that invites exploration and discovery, but beneath colourful references to Malaysia’s typography and cultural icons is an office shaped around Community. Read more.