FANCY lounge areas, private phone booths, nursing rooms and even a karaoke room - all these, with the best view of the island thrown in.

Many companies that have set up their domains in Marina Bay have aimed to give workers - not just the bosses - some of the best workspaces in Singapore.

Nowhere else is this more apparent than at Google's office at Asia Square. The company, known worldwide for its unique offices, has brought its brand of interior design to its new Singapore home.

"Compared to the old office, we wanted our new digs to have a much more local and regional feel, so we have included many fun local touches," said a spokesman.

"For example, one of the micro-kitchens, which are like watering holes for Googlers to relax, get a snack and hang out, looks like a Peranakan-style shophouse while another is designed around a Bali theme.

"Another example is the tuk-tuk meeting room, a real tuk-tuk that has been converted into a small meeting spot with the addition of a table."

The Google office also has a karaoke room and a games room. Most of the walls are coated with a special paint and turned into "whiteboards", which Google staff can write on as they please.

Financial institutions that have set up new offices in Marina Bay have taken a more serious approach focused on eco-friendliness and providing more facilities for staff.

Most of them, for example, have taken pains to arrange workstations so that all employees can have a good view of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows.

"Contrary to traditional office design where senior managers get the best views, the 180-degree view of the Marina Bay area is shared by all employees," said a DBS spokesman. The bank has its offices at Tower 3 of the Marina Bay Financial Centre.

She added: "Full glass windows in the common workspace allow employees to take a breather from work as they look out to Singapore's new skyline."

The full-length windows have also allowed many firms to implement eco-friendly lighting.

Barclays at Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC), for example, is practising "daylight harvesting".

The lights circling the office perimeter switch off automatically when they sense that there is enough sunlight penetrating the building. Office lights are also equipped with motion sensors and switch themselves off if they do not detect movement in the area for more than two minutes.

The bank has gone "paper cup-less", eliminating the 1.1 million paper cups that it used to go through every year. Employees have each been given a mug of their own to use at the office vending machines.

Staff at Standard Chartered, which houses its office at Tower 1 of MFBC, have to get used to not having their own wastepaper baskets. There are central recycling bins and general waste bins throughout the offices on each level.

But the inconvenience of having to make a short trip to a central waste station is a small price to pay for the new facilities not available at StanChart's previous offices - shower rooms, a prayer room for Muslim staff and a nursing room for mothers.

At Julius Baer, which takes up the top two floors at Asia Square Tower 1, the view is commanding but what the company is really proud of is the artwork on its walls.

All are pieces by young Swiss artists supported by the Julius Baer Art Foundation.

"Our rationale to feature art pieces in our Singapore office, apart from the obvious aesthetic reason, lies in our commitment to support art and also to nurture young talents," said a spokesman.