BUILDING & ENGINEERING | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Skyscanner aims for greater heights with new space

Complete with a mini Gardens by the Bay installation.

Leading global travel search site Skyscanner recently embarked on office renovations, with the result being a new space that further reflects its vibrant culture and personality.

Of the Skyscanner office’s renovation, Pamela Knaggs, marketing manager of Skyscanner Singapore and Malaysia says: “As we are always changing, evolving and growing, it’s important to make sure there is also more space for ‘play’ time and for having fun.”

“At the heart of Skyscanner is our set of core values, which focus around a pride in our work, work-life fulfilment, collaboration and a ‘master-teach-learn’ philosophy of constant improvement and learning,” Knaggs also says.

These values, notes Knaggs reflect and support Skyscanner’s hyper-growth environment, aligning with their mission to ‘create workspaces that inspire their staff to do the best work of their lives.

The office is located at levels 8 and 9 on Robinson Point, 39 Robinson Road. Skyscanner also expanded to part of level 7, where they turned the space into a meeting room for their town halls.
“Built with an open concept design where teams sit within their ‘squads’, our office spaces are designed to foster interactions, collaborations and engagement. We believe that by creating this environment, our teams will be more inclined to bounce off ideas, enabling creativity,” says Knaggs.

In the Singapore office, Skyscanner has breakout and collaboration areas that encourage people to leave their desks and work in areas that inspire them. Whether to relax in between meetings, have a snack or have informal catch-ups and brainstorms, the spaces are made conducive for exchange of ideas, notes Knaggs.

“The vibrant colours of cyan, citrus and pink bring to life the energy and passion of a young start-up and showcases our passion for creativity and innovation,” shares Knaggs. The colour scheme used is consistent across Skyscanner’s 10 offices around the world. Having similar concepts and colours across their offices ensures that visiting employees feel they are in a familiar work environment, shares Knaggs, even though it might be the first time they are visiting a particular office.

“While we are a global travel company, we strongly believe in adding local touches to our offices,” says Knaggs. “With the recent office renovations, we took the opportunity to celebrate Singapore’s uniqueness in our renovations by including a mini Gardens by the Bay installation in our office.”

To improve employee well-being and engagement, Skyscanner also added cocoon hanging chairs, a Lego Wall, fitness corner, massage chair, showers and gaming area for their team to take a break and have some fun, says Knaggs. “Our new additions to the office have quickly become fun spaces for ideations, brainstorms and team meetings,” says Knaggs.

Knaggs notes that Skyscanner finds this a good way to ensure that as a business they maintain the attitude and advantage of “a hungry start-up.”

“If you are in engineering and you sit near someone from marketing for the first time, you will understand the challenges and excitement of marketing a bit better than you did before,” shares Knaggs. “More than productivity, having an engaging office space improves communication and creativity, and keeps us on our toes.”

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