Kofein – Eclectic Office Gallery by Brigada, Zagreb – Croatia

November 28th, 2017 by retail design blog

This office design takes a unique approach by blending the formal, functional aspects of traditional workspace with strong, yet subtle design moves for an overall creative and unexpected spatial identity. Kofein’s primary function is to act as a pleasant workspace. However, its thoughtful spatial disposition of open and closed zoning allows it to serve as a gallery, a cinema, a coffee shop, or a place for fun and relaxation. This spatial organization provides a flexible functionality for a variety of activities, while combinations of different materials, colors, and shapes inspire unexpected tactile and visual experiences.

Even before entering the agency, the visitor is intrigued by a stylized reception and metal lighting installation. The motif of “Kofein” has been translated into the reception desk by giving the impression of entering a boutique coffee shop, a small lounge area where people might have coffee or read a newspaper. Further into the space, the restrooms and photo studio are hidden by a central brick corridor, and the exterior walls serve as a neutral backdrop for displaying pictures and graphics. The rich collection of Croatian modern art also adds a unique touch, giving visitors and employees a sense of pause, as if in an art gallery.

The conference rooms act as major color accents where tables, curtains and trapezoidal lining bricks of matching color are interpreted through different materials and textures. Large conference tables act as unique elements made from metal profiles and hpl boards. With major pieces reduced to basic shapes, the room’s emphasis falls on the color and spatial experience as a whole. The work zone occupies the largest portion of the open floor plan, utilizing a flexible workspace organization which gives the ability to add space with an increase in employees, without affecting the quality of work or spatial experience.

The gallery serves as the main focus of the space, enclosed by a red metal structure that uses its semi-transparency to separate the brainstorming area, the individual work area, and the dining room. In the director’s office, there is a sophisticated mid-century aesthetic formed by a large, uniquely designed work desk and storage space containing a mini bar – which also serves as a monolithic element for displaying sculptures and artwork.

“Although we believe the new office is a logical continuation of business, only now have we been able to see all the benefits of that progression. An office is not just a presentation tool, it is truly the hardware of our functioning. For us, the working environment must be stimulating, but not burdensome. We have created a space that can continue to expand and grow, a critical demand for Brigada on this project.

Given that teamwork is key to our business, the main feature of this new office is a collection of common rooms, providing critical fluidity on shared work. It is difficult to distinguish just one area, because that is exactly the effect – a true circulation of overall ambiance.” – Tomislav Krajačić, chief creative director and owner of the Kofein agency. The final result is a modern, functional, and eclectic space that serves as a primary office, but also encourages the creation of creative and quality new ideas.

Design: Brigada
Photography: Jure Zivkovic

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