Located in one of most important business districts of Lisbon, the project space is prepared to accommodate 300 people and its design reflects OLX culture mixed with the inspiring mood and beauty of the city of Lisbon. The Client, OLX Group, is a network of leading classifieds platforms in 45 markets, including brands like OLX, Avito, letgo, dubizzle, storia, stradia, among others, which connect local people to buy, sell or exchange used goods and services by making it fast and easy for anyone to post a listing through web.
The main work areas were located near the facade – allowing employees to develop their activities with as much natural light as possible – while creating clusters with different spaces and programs to allow more control over the work zones in the open space and provide better acoustics.
We wanted the project to reflect the colourful and charming city of Lisbon and at the same time meet the challenges of informality and flexibility in contemporary offices, as well as more technical issues such as acoustics.
We chose the traditional Portuguese tiles as a starting point because they are everywhere in the city and represent a typically Portuguese craft, while also offering great flexibility. Then, in order to meet acoustic requirements, we designed a matching acoustic absorbent tile made from Burel Mountain Originals – a Portuguese fabric handmade from 100% pure wool.
The presence of wood elements in the space was very important in the design of the project in order to create a comfortable and domestic feeling. All the glass partition frames and joinery were bespoke, with a design developed by us and detailed at a 1:1 scale. This sort of craftsmanship work is very present in all of our projects and commonly used in Portuguese culture. By creating closed meeting rooms and individual booths near the working areas, staff was provided with more options as to where they can do their work, both individually collectively.
Craftsmanship work is very present in all of our projects and commonly used in Portuguese culture. In our office it has become a part of our ethos! In the enclosed spaces we placed the informal work space and lounges that can take just about any form.
OLX is a youthful company which follows the tendency of the contemporary information technology companies, where a very informal work environment is a must, and employee’s mental happiness and physical comfort are mandatory guidelines.
Architects: Pedra Silva Arquitectos
Architect in charge: Luís Pedra Silva
Team: Luís Pedra Silva, Ricardo Conceicao, Irene Cunha, Hugo Ramos, Dina Castro, Luís Higino, Bernardo Nadais, Joana Anjos, Ines Andrade, André Matos e Emilia Papapetrou
Client: OLX Group
Photographs: do mal o menos