With aesthetics reminiscent of a Brooklyn warehouse, Facebook’s Singapore office is a visually pleasing and welcoming environment.
Mere blocks away from the Fountain of Wealth, the world’s largest such structure, another record holder is setting up shop in Singapore’s Suntec district. Facebook, not new to Singapore, moved into the 22 floor of South Beach Tower a couple of months ago, and today it opened its doors for a media tour. e27 was on hand to check out the new digs. The office is four and a half floors in total, and according to a Facebook spokesperson is focussed on sales and marketing.
Upon entering the first room, which was essentially a kitchen, it was immediately clear that Facebook Singapore did not stray from the design of the Silicon Valley headquarters. With expansive rooms, unpainted floors and open ceilings, this office was reminiscent of the Brooklyn warehouse design that defines its Mountain View cousin.
The ceilings are are left unfinished (and the floors are not painted) to represent the ‘work Facebook still must accomplish.’ But, clearly much thought went into designing the office because the ‘unfinished’ floor-plan is not an eye-sore.
With 87% of daily Facebook users accessing the site via mobile, the company is keenly aware of the need to grow that market. The Facebook spokesperson told e27 that, in this regards, the social network is seeing rapid growth in expected countries such as India and Indonesia. But Thailand is where it is seeing the largest surge. Facebook even opened an office in Bangkok two weeks ago.
In the office, an interactive data screen is prominently displayed. Users can check out basic country-by-country statistics and the picture below shows what is currently trending. Apparently man-crush-Monday is not waning in popularity.
The issue of mothers sacrificing their careers after child birth is a point of consternation globally — being especially acute in Asia. It was nice to see a room in the Facebook office that enabled mothers to take their children to work.
The stairwells are covered in pink graffiti-stickers. The small touch adds a bit of creativity and flair to the space. And, like the entire office, the stairs are out in the open.
Facebook boasts 1.49 billion users. Additionally, it has 900 million on Whatsapp, 700 million people using Facebook Messenger and 400 million Instagrammers. So, while this ‘Facebook Wall’ is the size of a small room, it is a reminder of the sheer scale of popularity Facebook has achieved.
Facebook is also an engaging platform — one out of every five minutes spent on the Internet is on Facebook. On mobile, the number jumps to one minute for every four. To be engaging, a company needs to be interesting and to be interesting it is important to embrace fun. So it is not entirely surprising that the office is infused with a bit of silliness, like this “anti-gravity room.”
Facebook Singapore also hired local artists to decorate the walls. This is a small piece of a larger mural painted by Justin Lee, the red and black represent East meets West, an important aspect of the Singapore experience.
If employees forget a piece of equipment, like a mouse or USB stick, they can just run over to the vending machine and grab a new one for free. They must use their employee ID to activate the machine and are expected to use the gear at work.
Finally, like any good tech company, there was beer. Lots of beer.
Check out the office:
This post was originally published on e27.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook