Client: Shopee Philippines Inc. (Sea Group of Companies)
Location: Levels 43-49 The Podium West Tower, 12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Size: 156,000 sqft.
Project Completed: 2022
Industry: Technology / Online Shopping Platform
Collective Members: Paperspace Philippines
First launched in Singapore in 2015, Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. A platform tailored for the region, Shopee provides customers with an easy, secure, and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and fulfillment support.
Located at the Podium West Tower, one of the newest and high-end office buildings located in the heart of Ortigas Center, Shopee Philippines wanted to achieve the maximum number of required headcounts for their Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Back of House (BOH) staff to support their business while being able to provide the best facilities and amenities standard to their already existing offices across the region.
Paperspace was tapped by RCW Construction Development, the contracting party for the Design & Build scope of the project, as their partner design consultant for the Concept Planning and Technical Documentation. Through the help of Paperspace, Shopee Philippines was able to:
- Effectively respond to client’s spatial needs which is the major driver of the project.
- Successfully help the client to implement their office standards creatively & efficiently.
One of the main challenges for this project was meeting the required maximum numbers of workpoints without sacrificing the needed supporting amenities and staying true to Shopee’s DNA in terms of their playbook implementation, which is a standard to all their offices across the region. Considering that the office has 7 floors and the construction period was during the height of the lockdowns due to the pandemic, sticking to the project timeline set and targeted by the client is also a challenge.
Given that Shopee already has its original design and theme to follow, the space standard, corporate colors and branding, materiality, among others, are all set. Paperspace, instead, focused on effectively responding to the client’s needs in terms of spatial requirements through efficient planning and approach. Paperspace also made sure to incorporate local flavor and design elements in the office design making their Philippine office distinct from other countries. These were evident in most of the graphic walls and the usage of local material and furniture in some accent areas.
In addition, the most creative way of applying their standards can be seen in the main cafeteria, which takes up the entire penthouse floor. This cafeteria does not only allow employees to enjoy the city skyline during their break, but also feel the bright and vibrant Filipino culture.