Topos Design Studio Pte Ltd have achieved Shortlist Success again after last year’s success at the International Design & Architecture Awards, with their project ‘Bank of Singapore’ being successfully Shortlisted for the Office Award. This brief provided by the client was to achieve an office space that was conducive for private banking business, serve as an art gallery, accomplish the feel of a luxury hospitality setting and when required serve to hold large corporate and client functions.
Situated on the 22nd penthouse floor in the heart of Singapore’s banking district, the bank’s identity had to be warm, inviting and conducive for private banking. It was not to be a typical business office but one that was worthy of its exclusive clientele and that would set a new standard for private banking.
The neutral colour scheme and gentle lighting of the hallways and lounges are designed to accommodate and complement the Bank’s carefully selected art pieces as well as reinforcing her corporate identity to her clients. Because of this, as the user moves through these spaces, they are greeted with a calming yet engaging experience. The subtle combination of materials from the white and grey marbles, various hand-stitched leathers, specially commissioned wallpapers, artisan timber flooring and specially designed hand tufted broadloom carpets coalesce to create a haute couture space worthy for the esteemed Bank of Singapore client.
The carefully considered spaces, ranging from the various bespoke lounge areas, generous conference rooms to the more intimate meeting rooms, accommodate all of the bank’s specific requirements varying from individual private banking to large boardroom gatherings. Using handcrafted timber partition screens in several areas gives the Bank greater flexibility in how they use these spaces. The wealthy clients of the Bank are afforded a great view across the city and gardened balcony while the service rooms provide the necessary ancillary spaces for the management and staff.