Members can soothe their body and mind with yoga classes, sound therapy, and more. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. These days though, it’s probably the lack of self-care that could leave him worst for the wear. With wellbeing at the forefront of our minds, one newly launched co-working space has seized the opportunity to offer a dedicated “wellness room” for its members.
Inspired by how the ongoing pandemic has changed the way we work remotely, The Great Room’s fifth location in Singapore offers a generous 37,000 square-feet space across three floors of the 19-storey Afro-Asia building. The brand’s largest location in the Lion City features 50 dedicated offices, 16 on-demand hot offices, 41 hot desks, as well as a variety of conference and meeting areas for gatherings of all sizes.
The brainchild of award-winning Hong Kong-based designer Joyce Wang, the flexible workspace is designed with sophisticated interiors boosting human-centric and biophilic elements. Inspired by the idea of a treetop sanctuary in the busy business district, the office also uses recycled and upcycled materials.
Meanwhile, tall ceilings and large windows encourage natural light to stream in—said to be the optimum light for working. Furnishings are by local artisans, such as a striking, long communal table by Roger&Son. Not only is the table made from Singapore-grown mahogany wood, resulting in a net-zero carbon footprint, but the species is also fast-growing in tropical climates and hence, sustainable.
The first for the brand, the Wellness Room offers restorative programmes designed to improve members’ wellbeing, including activities like sound healing, breathwork exercises, and yoga.
Jaelle Ang, co-founder, and CEO of The Great Room said: “The opening of The Great Room at Afro-Asia comes at a time when the world is rethinking the concept of the workplace. This next chapter of our brand is a starting point of a journey towards a more sustainable work environment, as well as our continued evolution in human-centric design in this new era of hybrid working, and individual and corporate wellbeing.”
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