News / October 2017
Wednesday 5 July 2017
GSK Asia House opens

GSK Asia House began operations in May with 800 employees moving into their new home – and the reactions from both employees and the business are showing that GSK’s vision is already being fulfilled.

"GSK Asia House creates transparency, connectedness between people, and promotes unintentional collisions between people who may not have seen each other previously. It works extremely well,” said Paul Rogers, Vice President and Head of AsiaPac Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK.

“It’s an environment that will keep people and ideas flowing freely across the workplace – both locally and globally.”

GSK wanted their purpose-built new Asia headquarters to be a place that reflects a culture built on knowledge, learning and innovation and be a ‘beacon’ for health and wellbeing in the region.

As the concept architect, landscape architect and interior designer for the headquarters, HASSELL worked closely with the team at GSK to translate that vision into reality, drawing on our world-leading workplace design expertise and experience, together with local insights from our team on the ground in Singapore. 

The six-storey building has been designed as an environment that helps to nurture a high performing organisation in a rapidly expanding market.

Equipped with the latest technology, GSK Asia House caters to the needs of the organisation’s highly mobile workforce. Its open plan work areas, along with an employee café, gym and various recreational spaces encourage more physical and social activity on campus.

“HASSELL approached the project from the ‘inside out’, looking closely at what inspires and engages GSK’s people before designing an agile, open and multi-layered campus that brings their aspirations to life all around them,” said Peter Dean, HASSELL Principal and project leader.

Located in Singapore’s growing biomedical, technology and R&D community, GSK Asia House sits within a landscaped tropical public realm and among repurposed national heritage colonial bungalows.

The distinctive building features tiered horseshoe-shaped floors wrapping around a central atrium that helps connect people more easily.

The ground floor is open to the public to help integrate with the landscape and local community. Other key elements of the design include a responsive facade, roof-deck and cascading landscaped sky terraces.

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