Second AIA award for the Masan Singapore project: The flagship office of a rapidly growing Asian conglomerate
Announced November 19th at a gala dinner held at the American Club in Hong Kong, the award is the year’s AIA International Region’s top honour for Interior Architecture.
The award highlights this unique and eye-catching interior design that evolved from a challenging project brief handed down by Masan, a growing regional conglomerate whose activities include natural resources, banking and consumer products.
“One of the purposes of this office was to introduce Masan to the world, so they expressed a need for something more than a workplace – they wanted a distinctive statement of their heritage and ambitions for the future” said Ziggy Bautista, a designer with M Moser.
The result is a workspace featuring a striking minimalist architecture and open-plan spaces further accentuated with a pared-down palette of ‘elemental’ materials like stone, wood, glass, steel and leather. Contemporary residential-style furniture and an unusual reception space complete this strong expression of the ‘soul’ of Masan.
Highlights of the 5,033 square feet office include:
- A water feature covering approximately one-third of the reception area
- Conference room ‘floating’ just 3 mm above the water feature
- Transparent glass internal walls with eye-level leather privacy screens
- Open-plan work area
- Maximised natural lighting and external views of Singapore’s Marina Bay
“We and Masan collaborated very closely on the project, and we’re both immensely satisfied with the result. We believe it is a design whose quality truly speaks for itself – and with this award, it seems that the architects and designers of the AIA’s award panel would agree,” said Stephen Lyon, Head of Office, M Moser Singapore.
To find out more about Masan Group’s Singapore office project, read the case study.