The result is a futurist proposal that answers the idea of the owners: create a singular space, never seen, a space that still does not exist. Because of those concepts, Wanna One has used the joining of the words knowledge and nowhere to create the naming of this new space: Knowhere.
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A yellow frame of pipes with 3D printed joints marks the lunch counter. The reception and coffee bar are made of steel frames with polycarbonate sheets, inspired by the Ampelmann gangways offshore. The most omnipresent intervention however, is the double storey volume completely materialized in cork. It holds meeting-, workshop- and simulation rooms. A spacious stair is cut out of the cork volume.
When Interior Architects Fyra was assigned to provide the interior design for the Zalando Tech Hub in Helsinki, there was a clear-cut vision from the start: Zalando hoped for not only more space but for a raw industrial look, a vivid colour scheme based on the brand colours and a wide variety of work areas and stations.
The space was designed to house a local landscape design firm. The architect planned to construct an intimate and small-village-like work environment under the plant-house’s original building skin, maintaining the natural daylight and ventilation in the new working cluster to achieve a low-energy-cost green spatial infill.
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.