"I wanted the decor to reflect the ways AkzoNobel offers a world of colour that touches us all, with its automotive, aviation and maritime and domestic paints, including household brand Dulux.
"At the same time I wanted to show another side of AkzoNobel a company at the leading edge of chemical innovation and surface advancement, in the true spirit of scientific adventure and discovery."
Paints and surfaces are used in unexpected ways throughout the interiors, with four key colours used in myriad applications. The emphasis is on dexterous, sometimes unusual combinations of finishes evoking the ideas of collaboration and stimulation, both major reasons the multinational company has consolidated its many businesses under one roof.
"As part of the design brief was to include an evocation of the local Singaporean context, I drew inspiration for the colour palette from nearby multi-cultural Arab Street, with its sometimes riotous, always dazzling profusion of purples, blues, yellows and fuchsias," says Woo.
In the central atrium of levels five and six, visitors look over glass balustrades to an existing rug' of glass tiles and wood now floating on a sea of purple carpet. Fuchsia automotive paint has been used to back vibrant murals, graced with a batik motif painted by hand in household paint.
"The main reception area, on level five, features a lush purple carpet and paint can lids used to make a pattern around the AkzoNobel logo. An element of fun runs through these spaces," says Woo.