The Great Room, a premium hospitality-led coworking space operator recently inaugurated its sixth location on South Bridge Road. Merx, a Savills Company is proud to have successfully project managed and delivered this remarkable space for a returning client.
The spacious 22,000 sqft facility is housed in a magnificent 1910 conservation property that originally served as a medicine hall for one of Singapore’s iconic heritage brands, Eu Yan Sang. Recognising the significance of the choice location, the design brief aimed to convert a century-old building into a shared economy space, while keeping its historical features alive.
The Merx team well understood the client’s vision to foster a sense of community while accommodating the changing needs of our contemporary workforce, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Versatile for teams of all sizes
Fast forward, The Great Room-South Bridge presents a remarkable co-working space that skilfully harmonizes heritage and contemporary design components to offer a stimulating and unmatched area for members to work, interact and collaborate.
This meant a higher shift to flexible working and the use of versatile spaces. The new facility comprises 11 designated offices, accommodating groups ranging from five to 70, one dedicated work hall, and four convenient meeting rooms with capacities of two to 12 guests.
With this heritage building restoration, a major consideration was to maintain the building’s unique historical features while adopting environmentally sustainable practices and innovative green features. Existing fixtures and fittings were retained to reduce waste, and older window frames and screens were repurposed.
The procurement of furniture, tiles, fabrics, and art from local sources served to minimize the project’s carbon footprint.
Smart use of space
The 5-foot way leading to the main hall consists of black and white tiles inspired by the surrounding shophouse environment. Concealed storage compartments are artfully hidden behind an apothecary drawer-inspired concierge counter, making smart use of space. Curated handcrafted ceramics and vintage historical items added a touch of nostalgia to the common areas.
The full-height mural on the back feature wall depicts the history of South Bridge Road and Ann Siang Hill’s storied past.
A large historical map of central Singapore stitches the history and contemporary timelines together.
The restaurant and bar area carries black and white tones reminiscent of the colonial era, with rattan finishings, breeze blocks, and reclaimed pots.
A calming palette of dark blues and browns seeks to excite creatives seeking inspiration and autonomy.
The Merx team is proud to deliver this coworking space in heritage grounds for The Great Room. Its dedication to heritage preservation, sustainability, and flexibility make it a true standout. We believe the space will continue to inspire many professionals and companies in the years to come.