For Maersk's new offices in Shanghai, M Moser resolved three logistical challenges in one design solution; co-location from two buildings in one, conversion of the new premises from retail to office use, and on-target project delivery with the same high standards and reliability that distinguish Maersk.
Maersk's business is creating shipping and logistics solutions that are second-to-none. The same high performance standards governed the planning and design mission M Moser was required to fulfill for Maersk's inspired (and inspiring) new Shanghai offices.
Time was a critical project driver; or rather the lack of it. In nine weeks, M Moser progressed from concept to completion, while coordinating the relocation of five hundred staff from two separate buildings into one new location. Heightening the challenge, the new premises formerly served as a retail mall, so the scope of the conversion encompassed not only interior design, but complex project management, strategic planning, engineering and workplace technology issues as well.
"M Moser's office design will help us to reach our goal of optimizing business effectiveness, flexibility for growth, communications and staff morale", notes Henrik Pedersen, Maersk's General Manager-Finacen for Greater China. The large floorplate of the new building is certainly flexible; but taming the scale of the vast space was a tough task. When the atrium was adopted as a central feature, a range of strategic and functional opportunities emerged.
"The atrium is like a town square", observes Brian Pilley, M Moser's team leader. "People can gather here to share information or simply enjoy the natural light. Chances to interact and experience the office as a neighbourhood promote professionalism and support a sense of belonging. Before, such possibilities were rate because of the dispersed facilities.
Bringing staff together under one roof has led to high spirits and productivity gains, in part because Maersk's values can now be actively shared through the fresh, open setting.