Posts Tagged ‘cool workspaces’
When Microsoft held an international competition for architects to build their new headquarters in Vienna, INNOCAD took home the blue ribbon! Now, the final product has come to life in the form of a colorful, up beat workspace that “intertwines and harmonizes physical, virtual and social working environments,” the architects noted.
The headquarters, which has all the basic needs such as conference rooms, offices, lounges, lobby, and cafeteria, also has some additional perks to it, like a super cool slide, a fortress of living walls, small desk pods to work private, and custom made high-top tables to promote socialization. Our favorite space has to be 10 person conference room that has a warm cave-like effect to it, where stylish light fixtures hang over a large wood table with a vintage leather sofa and classic bear run adjacent. The Austria based architecture team lives by the philosophy that they “work with their brain, and act with their heart,” This project is a fantastic example of that mantra.
(Photography: Paul Ott)
The advertising creatives at Jung Von Matt call Hamburg their home, as they have held their headquarters in a historic 19th century factory building for quite some time now. Only recently, did the marketing gurus call upon the architects at Stephan Williams Associates to extend their workspace with the occupation of two new floors.
These two new floors have quickly been dubbed the “elephant house”, because they are the new home to Jung Von Matt’s heavyweight executive team. The architects at Stephan Williams wanted to create a space with dominant design features to suite the agency’s occupants. Strong and dark materials like wood and hunter green walls were implemented into the space which includes open offices, private offices, small conversational areas, and one gigantic conference table which has a seat for each director.
Jung Von Matt’s logo is a angular version of a Trojan horse. This logo is proudly represented throughout the office and wildly introduced in the cafe seating area on the fourth floor. Stephan Williams designed the seating units to resemble the logo, “It is an entirely wood-clad, comfortable space for informal conversations over a tea or coffee, which so often create the spark for big idea”, the architects explained. Stephan Williams wanted to create a “timeless design that reflects the agency’s character and idiosyncrasies in every detail.” Which was accomplished in more than one way!
Thailand’s leading telecomunications firm DTAC recently sprung for a 662,000 square foot workshop which will house 3,200 full time employees. The space was concepted and built by Australian design team Hassell. Hassell took DTAC’s mantra, ‘Play and Learn’ and brought that to life with its grand curvilinear library/ampetheatre, a “fun floor” which is an entire floor deticated to table tennis, a running track, indoor soccer, and concert space for performances. The concept was intended to inspire the employees of DTAC to be creative in their work environment. Hassell did this by creating mobile and unique choices of workspaces such as the Conversation Pit, the Freeform Meeting, and the amphitheater seating, to truly encourage face-to-face communication.
The design team carefully painted the spaces with incandescent lighting to give a relaxing feel and they used local timbers to add warm natural wood to the workshop. The dynamic spaces are open and flexible allowing DTAC to make internal additions depending on future needs. Enjoy!