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Conexus Studio designs Nu Skin Southeast Asia’s Future Forward Office

By Conexus Studio
Jul 21, '21 12:59 PM EST

Conexus Studio designs Nu Skin Southeast Asia’s Future Forward Office
The hybrid ideas hub prioritizes connectivity, collaboration and staff wellness.

Global beauty and wellness product leader and business opportunity platform provider, Nu Skin recently completed renovations for its new Southeast Asian Headquarters at 18 Cross Street, designed and built by workplace specialist Conexus Studio.
The project’s innovative design puts the future of work at the centre of the conversation and offers a fresh perspective on the needs of a modern workforce. Working closely with the regional Nu Skin leadership, Conexus Studio configured the 5,590 sq ft space to suit the modern hybrid workforce by intrinsically supporting flexibility in how people work.
Designed with employee feedback on their working needs and preferences, the inclusive design is an inviting experience that supports the diverse ways Nu Skin employees like to work. The wide variety of work settings include a lifestyle café, hospitality-inspired lounge settings, private pods, phone booths as well as height-adjustable desks to configure sitting or standing workstations as desired. These activity-focused seating options encourage employees to change their seat as required throughout the day.
“As much as today's workforce are working from home or traveling for business, what people crave is social interaction, in-person teamwork and really connecting with people,’ noted Brendan Khor, Managing Director of Conexus Studio. “That’s why we reimagined Nu Skin’s regional office to be a hybrid hub where one is naturally moving around and connecting with others along the way, as opposed to a place where everyone just comes in to work on their own thing.”
To further enhance team connectivity, the layout blurs traditional barriers, offering almost complete openness from one end to another. Rooms are fitted in glass in line with Nu Skin’s transparent company culture, displaying activity that would otherwise happen behind walls and doors.

To ensure a balance of vibrancy and privacy in the open layout, a progressive zoning approach was adopted, with social and focus work areas delineated with very different materiality. A setting for team gatherings, the Nu Skin Café is infused with energy and warmth, while a subdued and predominantly white space takes up the opposite end of the office, creating a distraction-free and calm setting. Lower-stimuli team collaboration areas sit in the centre of the office, with phone booths and meeting rooms on the fringes.

“We envisioned a new office space that is flexible and progressive for future expansions; inviting and collaborative to foster employee interaction; dynamic and conducive to optimize productivity,” commented Dr. Vicky Leevutinun, Regional President of Nu Skin Southeast Asia. “The end result surpassed expectations. When you first enter, you can see the entire office in an open-plan layout yet there are thoughtfully designed spaces where employees can work in privacy without distractions.”
Cheryl Chua, Director of Human Resources, Nu Skin Southeast Asia added: “Breaking the traditional cubicle walls has resulted with an open-space concept that's inviting, collaborative and encourages creative engagement. It is an environment that facilitates discussion and fosters closeness within the team. This has added a stronger sense of belonging that enriches the purpose of being in the office.”
The interior design and fit out project marks Nu Skin’s second collaboration with Conexus Studio in under a year, with the Singapore Experience Centre completed in 2020 having won 2 international design awards – an Asia Pacific Property Award in Retail Design, as well as a Gold at the Muse Design Award.

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