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The rise of the mini-office

The rise of the mini-office

The Bosselino phone pod by Bosse provides workers with a flexible, private retreat set within today’s fast-paced open-plan office environments.

Bean Buro strikes a delicate balance

Bean Buro strikes a delicate balance

This agile, comfortable destination by Bean Buro puts the emphasis on a soothing and encouraging environment – the perfect place for learning about the retail trade.

Watch: Mega Tulip from Cult redefines the 9-5

Watch: Mega Tulip from Cult redefines the 9-5

Watch this video introducing the next iteration of a beloved Australian classic: the Mega Tulip. Designed by Adam Goodrum for nau, Mega Tulip has been meticulously refined to support the workplaces of tomorrow.

Fender Katsalidis’ new landmark for Parramatta Square

Fender Katsalidis’ new landmark for Parramatta Square

Parramatta’s design-led urban renewal has reached another milestone with the completion of the $320 million commercial building, 32 Smith Street.

Mirvac rethinks office space valuations

Mirvac rethinks office space valuations

The property group has released a discussion paper and established a pilot program at its Sydney headquarters, signalling its intention to help overhaul the way we measure property values.

Revealing the alter ego at Dexus Place

Revealing the alter ego at Dexus Place

Warren and Mahoney has unlocked potential by dialling up the experiential at Dexus Place. As Indesign #86 hits doorsteps, Tamara White gives us a sneak peek into one of this issue’s headline projects.

Infosys entices its people back to work in The Docklands

Infosys entices its people back to work in The Docklands

In delivering the new Docklands head office for global tech giant Infosys, Siren Design has delivered nimble, cloud-enabled agile workspaces, human comfort, environmental responsibility, and some local flavour to boot.

Indesign surveys hybrid working with the industry’s top design minds

Indesign surveys hybrid working with the industry’s top design minds

Indesign magazine’s ‘Hybrid At Work’ Issue tackles workplace design-related topics of inclusivity, neurodiversity, sustainability and wellness at work.

Steelcase WorkLife showroom puts hybrid working into motion

Steelcase WorkLife showroom puts hybrid working into motion

Steelcase’s new Melbourne WorkLife showroom is a workspace that puts product into action, exploring the possibilities of hybrid working.

The bizarro world of the future office

The bizarro world of the future office

As Elenberg Fraser embarks on workplace fit-outs for future workplaces, they ask: What will make us genuinely excited to come into the office every day? Callum Fraser shares the studio’s framework for design principles that feed into the “bizarro world of the future office”.

What does corporate culture look like in a post pandemic world?

What does corporate culture look like in a post pandemic world?

Elana Castle sits down with modern workplace pioneer Clive Wilkinson to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the uber-office.

News from the editor’s desk

News from the editor’s desk

Entries for the INDE.Awards close this Thursday, 31 March. Our Indesign editorial lead, Alice Blackwood, gives you the big deadlines and regales you with highlights of the past fortnight in design.

The Work Project and Hassell are changing the flexible workplace sector

The Work Project and Hassell are changing the flexible workplace sector

Read this round-table discussion between Hassell and The Work Project in Singapore, about their vision for delivering co-working spaces to an increasingly competitive flexible workplace sector.

Balancing privacy, connection and superior acoustic performance in the office with Konnect

Balancing privacy, connection and superior acoustic performance in the office with Konnect

As a leader in building and supplying custom-made operable walls throughout the nation, Bildspec continues to impress with their Konnect Operable Wall for Minetek’s new commercial office in Sydney’s north.

New Elan Table range brings versatility and functionality to the workplace

New Elan Table range brings versatility and functionality to the workplace

Designed in-house by the leaders in Australian design and manufacturing, Workspace Commercial Furniture, the new Elan Table Range provides a contemporary solution for all office or educational areas. With over 250 configurations, this highly customisable, durable and functional range adds a bespoke quality and elevates any environment.

Templewell’s home-like design for Expedia Group

Templewell’s home-like design for Expedia Group

There is a shift in what we perceive the Australian workplace to be; no longer just a place of work, but a second home. Inspired by the region’s connection to the coastal landscape, Templewell has brought the outside in.

INDE.Awards entry deadline extended

INDE.Awards entry deadline extended

INDE.Awards entries are extended to 31 March, to give you just that little bit more time to get your award-worthy submissions in. Here’s everything you need to know.

WA Museum’s makeover is a taste of things to come for OMA

WA Museum’s makeover is a taste of things to come for OMA

OMA, the international practice responsible for the WA Museum Boola Bardip, has settled into its recently opened local office and is ready to make some serious contributions to the Australian architectural landscape.

The cinematic dreamscapes of Che Huang and Alexy Kos

The cinematic dreamscapes of Che Huang and Alexy Kos

Memorable might as well be their middle name: Child Studio uses every hospitality and retail project as an opportunity to take you on a journey of cinematic proportions.

The 5 things you need to enter INDE.Awards today

The 5 things you need to enter INDE.Awards today

We know how much work is involved in pulling together an awards entry. We’ve collated an INDE.Awards entry checklist to help you along.

Roll up the sleeves, check your ego at the door: Studio Tate’s pro-bono design program

Roll up the sleeves, check your ego at the door: Studio Tate’s pro-bono design program

Carley Nicholls and Alex Hopkins of Studio Tate are passionate about making good design accessible to all. The studio’s pro-bono social impact program has transformed its working culture, and the everyday lives of its clients.

Greg Natale’s Cotton On campus makes work look like luxury

Greg Natale’s Cotton On campus makes work look like luxury

What would entice you back into the office? For the Cotton On campus in Geelong, Greg Natale solves the dilemma with a set of luxe and soulful facilities. Work never looked so good!

It’s a no-brainer! 5 very good reasons to enter INDE.Awards

It’s a no-brainer! 5 very good reasons to enter INDE.Awards

Have you entered the INDE.Awards yet? Time is of the essence and we’ve given you 5 pretty good reasons to enter in 2022.

Work life meets park life with this Hot Black workplace concept

Work life meets park life with this Hot Black workplace concept

Hot Black’s “atemporal” architectural concept has been recognised as a Top Design in Herman Miller’s Workplace Redefined – The Design Challenge. Here’s what Hot Black put forward.

Gensler’s forecast for the new hybrid workplace

Gensler’s forecast for the new hybrid workplace

With the release of Gensler’s ‘RESILIENT: Design Strategies for the Human Experience’, Sarah Bader shares three indispensable pieces of advice.

Foolscap opens doors with ANZ Open House

Foolscap opens doors with ANZ Open House

ANZ pulls back the curtains on its former executive quarters and, with Foolscap Studio’s help, brings new creative vision to its working environments.

Techne’s latest workplace, but make it hospitable

Techne’s latest workplace, but make it hospitable

“Our clients were looking for a distinct hospitality feel rather than a traditional workplace environment.” Techne tackles the workplace design challenge with a hybrid office-hospitality solution.

GroupGSA devises a subtle treasure hunt  for Microsoft Sydney

GroupGSA devises a subtle treasure hunt for Microsoft Sydney

Microsoft’s Sydney headquarters entices you to seek out the ‘golden eggs’ that reveal themselves over time.

Mechanic’s workshop turned co-working space in Christchurch

Mechanic’s workshop turned co-working space in Christchurch

With original mechanic’s hoist still intact, Coll Architecture and F3 Design team up to make a co-working space for creatives in Christchurch.

Cantilevered meeting rooms are a centrepiece of this Chinese workplace

Cantilevered meeting rooms are a centrepiece of this Chinese workplace

The newly refurbished Yeahka office conceived by JSPA Design features a stripped away aesthetic that emphasises transparency – fit for a company that specialises in payment.

COMUNiTI distils the Davidson brand to perfection

COMUNiTI distils the Davidson brand to perfection

For an organisation that champions making positive change, it made perfect sense for Davidson to change their workspace to reflect their philosophy. COMUNiTI’s inspired approach to flooring using Milliken-Ontera saw the Davidson brand flawlessly translated into its new working environment.

An office that captures the “bold, fun feel” of its client

An office that captures the “bold, fun feel” of its client

Drawing on Frank Body’s signature pale pink and youthful aesthetic, Melbourne-based studio Made For has delivered an office that balances professional, playful, comfortable and energetic.

The future looks rosy with Bestseller’s fashion-forward, technologically driven workplace

The future looks rosy with Bestseller’s fashion-forward, technologically driven workplace

An interplay of dualities, Bestseller’s new Shanghai workspace offers a rose-tinted perspective on the future of fashion.

How the pandemic worked in favour of co-working spaces

How the pandemic worked in favour of co-working spaces

With organisations and professionals rethinking work and the workplace, co-working spaces may just be the most appealing solution to the hybrid working model in a post-pandemic world.

Expert workspace technologies for expressive and evolving commercial environments

Expert workspace technologies for expressive and evolving commercial environments

Passionate about powering your daily productivity, OE Elsafe introduces PICCOLO: a superior, high-powered USB charging module that packs a punch.

SLAB dreams big for tomorrow’s Social Office to win Herman Miller’s design challenge

SLAB dreams big for tomorrow’s Social Office to win Herman Miller’s design challenge

SLAB wins Work, Redefined – The Design Challenge with a Kit Of Pods for the Social Office. This 3-D printed off-the-shelf product is both a solution and a strategy that puts people at the centre of the new socially-driven workplace.

MCX Interior lets water guide its fluid design for Hogan Lovells’ Beijing office

MCX Interior lets water guide its fluid design for Hogan Lovells’ Beijing office

Inspired by water, the new Hogan Lovells office in Beijing supports fluid ways of working, while bringing people together in an inviting space. Designed by MCX Interior, the workspace sets a new standard in China’s capital city.

Shaking up workplace experience with Future X Collective

Shaking up workplace experience with Future X Collective

Future X Collective, the latest venture from Futurespace, brings together a range of consultants to optimise workplace experience.

How flexibility is driving transformative change at work

How flexibility is driving transformative change at work

WeWork Pacific’s design studio director Tom Crocker discusses how teams are now dictating where they work and why balancing a sense of connectedness with flexibility will deliver the richest and most attractive employee experience.

What’s cooking in hospitality design?

What’s cooking in hospitality design?

Indesign #85, the ‘Social Spaces’ issue is out now. Indesign Editor Alice Blackwood brings us up to speed on the retail and hospitality design topics informing this edition’s theme.

An expansive atrium shines in CBA’s impressive Sydney offices

An expansive atrium shines in CBA’s impressive Sydney offices

Davenport Campbell delivers the second phase of CBA’s South Eveleigh campus with a future-fit workplace that aligns people with tech and innovation.

How staff input shaped the design of three new QBE offices

How staff input shaped the design of three new QBE offices

Through user consultation, GroupGSA developed a series of staff-focussed and future-ready workplaces for insurance giant QBE.

Australia’s top design minds compete to envisage the future workplace

Australia’s top design minds compete to envisage the future workplace

It’s the million-dollar question: what does the future of work look like? Herman Miller has put it to Australia’s top design minds to conceptualise what that future might look like, in its inaugural ‘Work, Redefined’ design challenge.

Cushman & Wakefield delivers a ‘return to office’ reality check

Cushman & Wakefield delivers a ‘return to office’ reality check

Speculation over if the world will realise a ubiquitous return to office sometime in the foreseeable future is superfluous, going by the contents of Cushman & Wakefield’s latest report – the real question is when?

What makes Siren Design so good at curating workplace?

What makes Siren Design so good at curating workplace?

Siren Design’s progressive and unequivocally cool workplaces are grounded by a belief in designing for community and context.

Adaptive space caters for hybrid work/life the Sim-Plex way

Adaptive space caters for hybrid work/life the Sim-Plex way

What use does the idle office have, if we’re all working from home? Sim-Plex Design Studio proposes an adaptive spatial solution for hybrid working.

Bryant Alsop Architects realises a redefining moment

Bryant Alsop Architects realises a redefining moment

Surpassing a decade in design practice doesn’t mean it’s time to rest on your laurels. As far as Bryant Alsop Architects is concerned, it meant time to redefine its studio and its space.

Unispace presents first COVID-19 responsive workplace design

Unispace presents first COVID-19 responsive workplace design

Rather than speculate about how the post pandemic office might shape up, global leaders in workplace design, Unispace, cut right to the chase and turned its Auckland studio into a blueprint for the new world of work.

How COVID-19 cured an outmoded working culture

How COVID-19 cured an outmoded working culture

The pandemic-driven disruption of how we work has been painful for both companies and employees. But it is also providing an opportunity for us to recalibrate how we want the future of work to look like.

5 workplace design trends seen in the Australian Interior Design Awards 2021

5 workplace design trends seen in the Australian Interior Design Awards 2021

What can we learn from the workplace design projects named on the Australian Interior Design Awards 2021 shortlist?

Richard Healy predicts what won’t change about workplace

Richard Healy predicts what won’t change about workplace

There’s a lot we don’t know about the future of workplace. But even amidst the current uncertainty, Carr associate Richard Healy offers clarity on 6 key facets of workplace design.

Our ‘Workplace Progress’ issue is now online

Our ‘Workplace Progress’ issue is now online

For those yet to experience Indesign #83, our ‘Workplace Progress’ issue in full, here’s news that ought to please you.

Where We Work: We review Frame’s design lessons from the modern office

Where We Work: We review Frame’s design lessons from the modern office

Frame Publishers’ recent title, Where We Work, provides an exposé of design lessons from the modern office, distilled from an international spread of exemplary workplace design projects.

When design brings workplace culture to life

When design brings workplace culture to life

Inspired initially by the groundbreaking Google HQ, workplace culture has risen steadily as a priority on the agenda of businesses since the beginning of the internet age.

Employee health and wellness rules all at Market Lane

Employee health and wellness rules all at Market Lane

From its basement bike racks to its rooftop meeting pods, Market Lane by Elenberg Fraser fulfils a craving for greener pastures among its health-driven workers.

May the corporate workplace rest in peace

May the corporate workplace rest in peace

In a post-brand age enterprises are re-evaluating their real estate to create a visceral brand presence.

Inside Indesign #83, the ‘Workplace Progress’ issue

Inside Indesign #83, the ‘Workplace Progress’ issue

Our ‘Workplace Progress’ issue—on sale from 25 March 2021—examines the shifting goal posts of workplace design, and shares the most notable contemporary insights, perspectives and projects in the space today.

A sweet addition to Make Architects’ Sydney portfolio

A sweet addition to Make Architects’ Sydney portfolio

A former chocolate factory in the Haymarket district of Sydney has been refurbished to become a boutique new office building designed by Make Architects.

Finlaysons fitout comes complete with a fresh perspective

Finlaysons fitout comes complete with a fresh perspective

In designing Finlaysons Lawyers’ new Adelaide headquarters, Hames Sharley balanced a quintessential paradox of interests faced by conservative practices in the contemporary world: the need for collaboration versus confidentiality.

McGrath Double Bay does WFH a bit differently

McGrath Double Bay does WFH a bit differently

Blending commercial and residential design in a way that we don’t see everyday, McGrath Double Bay by The Unlisted Collective presents a new paradigm of home office, being that it’s inverted.

Pinsent Masons’ new home away from home

Pinsent Masons’ new home away from home

A new workplace by Design Theory ticks all the boxes in style and amenity and, referencing the surrounding landscape, it is right at home in the city of Perth.

The Future of Work Spaces in 2020 and Beyond

The Future of Work Spaces in 2020 and Beyond

At the tail end of 2020, our work spaces have never looked more different, and the needs of our offices have never been more varied. Thankfully, Pedrali has you covered.

Rooshad Shroff shows us what success can look like

Rooshad Shroff shows us what success can look like

As a talented, multi-award winning architect and designer, Rooshad Shroff has just established a new gallery in Mumbai that celebrates design at its very best.

Infinite Possibilities – Infinitely Better

Infinite Possibilities – Infinitely Better

Create curated office spaces with commercial furniture designed to meet the needs and identity of every brand.

Workplace by Kennedy Nolan x Laminex

Workplace by Kennedy Nolan x Laminex

The second of three projects from a collaboration between Laminex and Kennedy Nolan, this contemporary workplace explores the inherent design flexibility of Laminex® laminate with an energising mix of colours, sculptural form-making and natural woodgrain texture.

Ode to the industrial [style] revolution

Ode to the industrial [style] revolution

From Sydney warehouse conversions, industrial-esque cafés in Melbourne and offices in New York lofts, these industrial interiors are leading the style revolution.

Motif introduces a new dimension in lighting design

Motif introduces a new dimension in lighting design

Australian brand, Luxxbox brings a playfulness to lighting design with Motif – a collection of patterns designed to elevate the workplace.

Breaking away from the break-out space

Breaking away from the break-out space

Banco Chambers by Bates Smart is an office fitout quite contrary to the hybrid, open-plan spaces definitive of the contemporary workplace design cliché.

Paving the way for the workspaces of tomorrow with Brix

Paving the way for the workspaces of tomorrow with Brix

Leading Australian furniture brand, Luxxbox presents Brix – the uniquely flexible system that is designed for the office space’s new normal.

Medieval Village, Modern Workplace

Medieval Village, Modern Workplace

Nordest Arquitectura have completed a brilliant office build, creating a modern space while retaining what was beautiful about the old one.

Seaside retreat

Seaside retreat

“We felt passionate about delivering something that spoke of openness, where people would feel uninhibited within the space.” What is the true meaning of a healthy work-life balance? Vitale Design rewrites the formula at Modus Head Office.

A case of 20/20 vision

A case of 20/20 vision

Four villages, two towers, multiple connecting stairs and an entirely new working model that’s been four years in the making. How did Bates Smart combat a “long runway” to future proof its design for Australian Unity?

Modern solutions for a dynamic workplace

Modern solutions for a dynamic workplace

For over half a century, Accent Furniture has constantly transformed the everyday workplace into a space of comfort, versatility and purpose.

New space, new identity for Stylecraft Singapore

New space, new identity for Stylecraft Singapore

Stylecraft and HASSELL’s collaborative legacy of awe-inspiring showroom interiors has breached new frontiers with the new Stylecraft Singapore showroom.

Meet the neighbours

Meet the neighbours

Set within general residential zoning on Hoddle Street in Melbourne, McCorkell Brown Group’s offices by Ha Architecture achieve a fine balance between appeasing the neighbours and preparing for the next 20 years in business.

Inside DCM’s office

Inside DCM’s office

Moving ‘uptown’ from five floors to a single open studio, Denton Corker Marshall has eschewed the popularist office palette of soft pastels and soothing timbers. “It’s a fairly stripped back fit-out, but it’s honest and conveys the way we work, as much as how we design,” says DCM’s founding director and architect, Barrie Marshall.

Retail roll call: David Jones and Country Road Group HQ

Retail roll call: David Jones and Country Road Group HQ

Six major Australian labels, two buildings, one unified workplace… how does it work? Heidi Smith of Gray Puksand gives us the scoop on David Jones’ and Country Road Group’s stylish new Melbourne headquarters.

The office as sanctuary: WMK’s soothing design for Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria

The office as sanctuary: WMK’s soothing design for Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria

Creating a soothing workplace environment is continuing to move up as a desired requirement on client briefs. This project considers workplace wellness in an all-new way.

Peachy clean: ANGLE & Earl.St office by BoardGrove Architects

Peachy clean: ANGLE & Earl.St office by BoardGrove Architects

An old warehouse space is transformed by BoardGrove Architects into a modern office – including a three-peach colour scheme.

Russell & George on its futuristic, multi-award winning Space & Time fit-out

Russell & George on its futuristic, multi-award winning Space & Time fit-out

The Work Space is one of the most tightly contested categories in the INDE.Awards. Which is why Russell & George’s self-designed North Melbourne studio was such a worthy winner in 2019.

How Winc stays ahead in healthy, flexible workspaces

How Winc stays ahead in healthy, flexible workspaces

Winc is a workplace solutions company, standing as a market leader in office furnishings and supplies, and when it came time to refresh its own workplace the company knew it would require a special touch.

Work drama: Lechte Corporation by Plus Architecture

Work drama: Lechte Corporation by Plus Architecture

Plus Architecture has delivered a dramatic workplace interior fit-out for Lechte Corporation, bringing a moody palette and residential-like touches to life.

When Kennedy Nolan does a co-working space: 25 King Collective

When Kennedy Nolan does a co-working space: 25 King Collective

Could your office headquarters double as a collective workspace? When Excelon Group acquired an ageing office space they had big ideas, and a very loose brief. Kennedy Nolan overcame distinctive heritage features (that staircase!) to vividly imbue the historic 19th-century building with modern functionality.

A new home for a growing practice: Pitch AD’s Coppin Street studio

A new home for a growing practice: Pitch AD’s Coppin Street studio

An architecture studio’s own office generally offers an insight into the aesthetics and philosophy of its work – that is certainly the case with Pitch Architecture and Development’s new space in Richmond.

Prototyping the workplace with Unispace

Prototyping the workplace with Unispace

“Move fast and break things.” It’s a mantra that has defined Silicon Valley and the Zuckerberg-age of technology development. But can the same methodology be applied to workplace design? Unispace thinks so, at least in part.

A refreshing Queensland workplace: Mirvac HQ, Brisbane by Peddle+Potter

A refreshing Queensland workplace: Mirvac HQ, Brisbane by Peddle+Potter

What defines the Queensland vernacular and how does it permeate into a workplace fit-out? Local studio Peddle+Potter (P+P) brought a truly refreshing design to life.

Knowledge capital: Workplaces for creativity and thinking

Knowledge capital: Workplaces for creativity and thinking

Idea generation, creativity and mental stamina: this is the currency of the modern-day knowledge worker. What sort of environment is required for the people who innovate through ideation?

Evolving workplaces: Hub Australia’s new Melbourne office by Bates Smart

Evolving workplaces: Hub Australia’s new Melbourne office by Bates Smart

Award-winning architecture studio Bates Smart has designed a new-generation co-working space in Melbourne for Hub Australia.

Marvellous Melbourne inspires BCG’s new workplace

Marvellous Melbourne inspires BCG’s new workplace

Bates Smart looked to the characteristic attributes of Melbourne to bring the vitality of the city into a high-performance working environment.

Blue-sky thinking: Woodside Perth by Cox and Unispace

Blue-sky thinking: Woodside Perth by Cox and Unispace

As the ‘well’ movement gathers momentum, we see numerous workspaces re-skinned as colourful, enticing work-life centres. But just how well do these workplaces deliver on the promise? Enter, Woodside.

Going down the rabbit hole: Flack Studio’s HQ

Going down the rabbit hole: Flack Studio’s HQ

In tackling the design of his studio space, David Flack went down the proverbial ‘rabbit hole’, constructing a working model of his own inner workings. For his team and clientele, the studio is a deep dive into an immersive world of design – and all of Flack’s own making.

How can design cater to the evolving nature of today’s working behaviours?

How can design cater to the evolving nature of today’s working behaviours?

Working behaviours around the world have evolved to spur collaboration while improving employee happiness, productivity and wellbeing through innovative design.

Sophisticated cool by ArchitectsEAT

Sophisticated cool by ArchitectsEAT

K&K Industries’ sophisticated offices draw on disparate influences of hotel suites, casual dining and retail design to create an entirely bespoke office experience.

Creating an island: Microsoft Place by Gensler

Creating an island: Microsoft Place by Gensler

In bringing 2000 Microsoft staff into a single location, Gensler has deconstructed the typical working model. Taking its client into unchartered territories, the design team envisaged a new working landscape that moves beyond the corporate norms to embrace ‘island’ life.

A new home for one of Australia’s biggest builders: Built HQ

A new home for one of Australia’s biggest builders: Built HQ

Built has seven offices across Australia, but its latest project in Melbourne was close to home – being the company’s own head office.

Sevil Peach has changed our workplaces for the better

Sevil Peach has changed our workplaces for the better

London-based designer Sevil Peach brought the concept of the home office to the world when she started designing office and showroom spaces for Vitra. She believes that companies and spaces alike must be always pitched for change.

Casing the Joint: The Casing Boutique by Adele McNab Architecture

Casing the Joint: The Casing Boutique by Adele McNab Architecture

Adele McNab has designed a warm, open and inviting workplace with a focus on people and sustainability.

What makes a stand-out workplace project? Gray Puksand unpacks some findings

What makes a stand-out workplace project? Gray Puksand unpacks some findings

What turns a team into a community? Following a whirlwind tour of Europe’s most successful workplaces, Heidi Smith of Gray Puksand, shares the team’s findings.

Hot desking… is it still hot?

Hot desking… is it still hot?

Studies reveal that while flexible and agile working modes are designed to empower the individual, they also contribute to low productivity and absenteeism. Can a happy medium between old and new typologies be achieved?

A hospitality-driven workplace in a former house

A hospitality-driven workplace in a former house

Business and leisure come together in a space of ‘intentional mismatches’ at the Kuala Lumpur office of property development company Mantab Group.