Cool office spaces are becoming increasingly crucial to today’s young talent as they examine a range of aspects to choose which organisation is the greatest fit for them. Indeed, a wonderful workplace may contribute to a thriving and energising work atmosphere that motivates employees to do their best job and fosters creative innovation. Providing the best workspace for employees, even if it’s just installing operable partitions and glasswall from Selangor can make a huge wonder. Here are our favourite office spaces from Malaysia’s top firms that will make you wish you could work there.
- 85 Tranquerah
85 TRANQUERAH, located in old Malacca and listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been renovated through conservation and adaptive reuse. Old is intrinsically gold when it comes to the front architectural facade of the quaint double-use shophouse with commercial activities on the ground floor and residential quarters on the upper floor, and old is intrinsically gold in terms of the front architectural facade – preserved in all its former glory. Take a look inside to observe how the middle section has been transformed into workplaces. The back portion, which used to face the sea, has been changed into a completely unexpected modern facade with full-length glass windows and a steel metal screen. Lim Pay Chye, the founder of PCL Architect, praises the “continuation of the past.” Both Malaccans pay homage to vernacular wisdom by interpreting the space such that the back portion becomes the new front, in collaboration with Idea Workshop Sdn Bhd design director Hau Woon San.
- Google Malaysia
The internet giant’s office, which opened in August 2013, is 10,000 square feet. Google’s Malaysia HQ is within a 3-minute walk from KL Sentral train station and features an amazing meeting space inspired by Sarawak’s Niah Caves, a putting green, massage chairs, and a gaming room with the latest gaming consoles. If you go, stop by their Gerai Gugel cafe, which was created to look like a forest with swing chairs and colourful kopitiam seats to give it a Malaysian vibe.
STEELCASE Kuala Lumpur, Asia Pacific’s global commercial hub, has created a distinction for itself as Malaysia’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Commercial Interior (Silver) office, with 30,000 square feet of space on levels 26 and 27. Environmental solutions are a top priority for the leading office furniture company. Barbara Reimbold, managing director, said, “Our office is structured for personal relationships.”
MindValley’s bright workplace environment, which spans two stories in Menara UOA, has earned numerous honours for its interior design. MindValley’s office features a beanbag-filled auditorium, a steampunk-themed room for the IT and IT teams, bar-style spaces, and a ‘Jedi Room,’ which would make any Star Wars fan jealous. Such stylish office settings foster a fun and effective work environment that encourages employees to express their creativity.
- Tujuan Gemilang
TUJUAN GEMILANG’s workplace at the PJ Trade Centre in Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, has all the hallmarks of a green office, including a 700-square-foot private garden with trees that soothe the spirit. “The close connection to nature that our office has is motivating. East is the direction of the private garden.