Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright

When international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright’s old office in Singapore was due for renewal, they consulted Paperspace for a workplace strategy and design analysis to ensure the best decision.


Their old office saw a few limitations. A lack of collaborative spaces meant staff left the office for casual meetings. Knowledge-sharing was confined to two-person offices. Wall partitions and narrow corridors made chance encounters difficult and rare. Meeting rooms, which were fitted for large conferences and not small meetings, were under-utilized.

Norton Rose wanted a new office with a strong social fabric – one where meaningful relationships were fostered outside of work, and ideas more readily shared.


To enable the creation of a social neighborhood, Paperspace proposed a semi-open workplace. Restrictive walls were removed to create an open-concept office. The replacement of full height walls with an acoustically treated workspace meant staff were granted privacy while increasing visibility of each other. Conversations are no longer limited to the person sharing your office. This also leads to potentially faster problem solving as it is easier to seek and obtain advice from others.

A sense of belonging, comfort, and professionalism is important for every workspace. Paperspace achieved this with the introduction of an indoor landscape. Planters are distributed around the work space so greenery is accessible at eye level, and to create neighborhoods between departments.  Careful consideration was given to the acoustics of the space to create a calm setting.

To address the under-utilization of meeting spaces, Paperspace introduced smaller meeting spaces for casual meetings, and designed a convertible reception area that can also double as an event space. Movable walls and modular furniture enables multi-functional configurations to be incorporated into a smaller footprint.

Technology infrastructure is key to enable users to have mobile agility. The new office sees multiple technology enhancements. Norton Rose invested in an online meeting booking system to increase efficiency and ease of meeting room usage. Meeting rooms are fitted with audiovisual capability, and cable desktops replaced with wireless laptops. This increased mobility enables an agile working environment; one that supports spontaneous collaboration.

Norton Rose recognized the need to future-proof their workplace to support the innovation and collaboration so crucial in the 21st Century. Paperspace has achieved that through careful analysis, survey and design process. Norton Rose moves in in November; we cannot wait to hear from them.

Project Details

  • Project : Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Location : Level 9, Marina One, Singapore
  • Size : 18,000 sq ft
  • Duration : 12 months
  • Completed : December 2018
  • Type : Workplace
  • Industry : Legal
  • Service : Workplace Strategy, Design Consultancy, Project Management, Change Management
  • Studios Involved : Graphite Studio, m.lab project, Paperspace