In addition to this website, we also have a couple of offices. We never limit ourselves just to these spots: We work anywhere. We like it on the road.
In the earlier days, we shared a tiny office in a hipster mecca at Rosenthaler Platz with a couple of freelancers. Now we have a new place, five times bigger (and somewhat fancier, too), and give away desk spaces to freelancers ourselves.
Our building is listed as a cultural heritage monument and has its own name — Haus Dessau (Dessau House). Among other institutions, the building was also home to the embassies of Senegal, Montenegro, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. Sadly, during the Second World War, more than half of the complex was destroyed. It was restored and rebuilt in the late 80s and early 90s — and now here we are. We do our best to keep it safe, but in these times...you never know.
For our Shanghai team, we were looking for a studio big enough to have everyone working together in one space. Having more and more remote meetings was calling for that. Common "remote" phrase in uncommon times…
We settled down on Yongjia Road – the heart of a hipster area with all desired places to eat, drink and have fun. From Vanilla Dirty (a whiskey-infused milk coffee) to Chinese dumplings: You’ll be amazed by what you can find here. And being the diverse gourmet bunch that we are, you can tell we feel pretty right in this spot.
By the way, the street used to be home to a looong list of famous Chinese artists and politicians. But since we’ve now reached the end of our paragraph, you might as well look these up on your favorite search engine.
The street is named after sculptor Ludwig Michael Schwanthaler (1802-48), whose main work is the Bavaria statue that overlooks Munich's Oktoberfest site. You might have heard of it, or even been there for a beer or two.
Our studio is located in a neo-baroque architectural complex that also houses Deutsches Theater (German Theater). It was actually the first theater that introduced the brand-new genre of musical to the German post-war audience in 1961 — making it a bridge to New York Broadway and the world.
You see, there's a lot about this location that we can relate to. Because we build bridges too. From Bavaria to Singapore, China and New York, bringing people together. And of course, beer is something we'll rarely say no to.
Coincidence or destiny? Whatever you wanna call it, but our beautiful Singapore office building went under renovation in 2020 and we took the opportunity to rethink our studio concept...totally.
Following a human-centric approach just like in our projects, we set out to find what works best for our team. And here we are in a new way of working accelerated by you-know-what, mixing work from home, co-working spaces discovery, and mingling online over coffee (sounds familiar, hm?). Being the innovators that we are, we don't stop here but are already full of ideas for the future of work. So wait for it — the best is yet to come.