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.
Jing'an District is probably the most trendy and cosmopolitan district in Shanghai today, although we might be biased. The building previously belonged to the Shanghai Post and Telecommunications Factory and was a Foreign Post Office — which is, in a way, unavoidably ironic. Some polls included it in the list of important historical buildings in Shanghai. Come by whenever you're in town.
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.