Setter Architects have designed the new offices of medical imaging company Algotec Systems, located in Ra’anana, Israel. Algotec Systems is a high-tech company engaged in information development and processing in the sphere of medical imaging. Its corporate offices are located in Ra’anana and extend over three floors. In the new interior planning, we linked all three floors with a private interior staircase, used solely by Algotec’s employees. During the design process, our planning ideas drew on the company’s content world – the human body and its components.
The inspiration for the interior planning and design came from images of the human body’s elements, like cells, molecules, tissue and the spinal column. Together, all these elements formed the basis for a unique design language that drew together the interior planning and design concept. As the design team, our challenge was to use imaging from human anatomy and translate it into a fresh architectural vocabulary. We did this by processing anatomical images through filters of scale, materials, prints, and textures. The result was a distinctive design vocabulary that in turn generated a set of design ideas and solutions.
Accordingly, the conference room is covered with a construction of wood strips simulating the layering of human tissue; the textures and graphics covering the partitions replicate cell patterns in large-scale; the wall coverings and floorings simulate the structure of the ribcage; and the suspended lighting fixtures are inspired by human tissue and cells. Assisted by that spatial vocabulary, all these imaging and design elements create a warm and inspiring workspace. It’s a ‘home’ that encourages shared productive efforts, and preserves the fine balance between closed private spaces and open spaces for social meetings and gatherings.