Conceived as an art gallery, the office has ivory walls that make an ideal setting for Santomà’s furniture. “It’s like an exhibition space,” he says. “The pieces really pop against the white backdrop.” Breaking the geometry of the space is a 2-m-tall hemispheric meeting room – or “cupola”, as the designer calls it – clad in 3-mm-thick MDF, transparent panels, mirrors and palm fronds, any of which can be detached and shifted to another position.
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The tangible selection mix of concrete, wood and colored acrylic creates a space that integrates the sobriety of cyber enforcement and quintessential dynamism and FUN of an aspiring Hi-Tech company. Choosing relatively simple materials, dismissing extravagant “decor”, was not only a budgetary constraint, but also an ideological one, reflecting the company’s spirit.
Next to the bar where a Friday afternoon drink can take place, there is also a relax area in the form of a living room with sofa’s and of course a game computer. The lunch room is easily converted into a place where parties and gatherings can be organized. In this way the office fulfills the multi-purpose need of Discovery.
The main goal of this project was to create an open workspace for up to 30 employees with a strict functional division in only 177 square meters. Besides the main workspace, the client asked for a lounge zone, a small kitchen and a meeting room. To keep the space as open as possible we made a decision to divide the functional zones without physical barriers, by creating optical ones.
A strong hospitality element was created by positioning their café in the most prominent location at the entrance, providing immediate social connection to clients, visitors and staff. The material palette is a selection of warm and natural materials creating a comfortable and inviting environment, while accent colours, furniture and unique artwork provide the drama and excitement.
In a reference to New York’s famous elevated park, the interior designers looked to create a “High Line-like feeling” where “you can take different types of walks and discover something new each time”. To achieve this, they created an assortment of different formal and informal working spaces, including amphitheatre-style stair seating, a mid-century-styled meeting room and one nook with a daybed.
This area is intended to develop the zone functionally connected to the food court that will be used by customers looking for a quiet place for work, business meetings and generally co-working – which is becoming more and more popular due to technological changes making up the new system and creating the new way of conducting business.