We selected materials such as wood, copper and linoleum which ages over time and usage. By continually using the space, these materials will feel and become more comfortable with the activities conducted in the space.
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The design studio recently relocated its premises to a 3,500-square-foot warehouse in Hackney, east London. When planning the studio space, Hubert was keen to create a flexible environment that suited the 20-person-strong team, which is made up of researchers, engineers and industrial, graphic and digital designers.
The new space has been designed to cultivate collaboration, interaction and a sense of community. This is the first time that Airbnb has been able to pre-determine the architectural layout of an interior space. The Warehouse had fallen into disrepair before Airbnb reinvented the entire space by designing distinctive structural elements including a dramatic cascading staircase.
The key words in our design concept were “professionalism” and “innovation.” We conveyed professionalism through a scientifically precise attention to detail, and we conveyed innovation through the use of light, creating a high-tech atmosphere that makes people feel as if they have stepped into the near future.
The concept was to provide a functional, fluid, modern space for visiting executives, while still eluding to Mitsui & Co USA Inc.’s design. Mitsui’s office designs are loosely based on regional influences. The resulting design of the Houston office is a great display of the melting pot between Texas, Japanese, and American culture.
The studio kept the atmosphere as clear as possible offering a variety of solutions to boost up the creative process and to ensure a neutral background where the ideas of the team to grow and develop. The industrial touch in the exposed duct and workstations materials leaves the sense of a reference to an idea factory.
The key of this design is to empower the existing elements, as an opposition to the contemporary elements required for the activity itself. From a perspective of simplicity, the former house was transformed into an open space, where geometry and some simple elements, organize the room and adapt it to the office needed by the company.