Offices & Stores
This colorful and fun design take away restaurant named Kessalao located in Bonn, Germany and designed by Spanish design company Masquespacio.
Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio presents their last project realized in the city of Bonn, Germany. The project consists in the brand image and interior design for Kessalao, a new take away establishment of Mediterranean food in the city of Beethoven.
Everything starts from the brand image and it’s naming that forms wordplay of the German “Kess” and the Spanish “Salao”, both traduced as cool and amusing boy. Being a play of words in two different languages combined by an s, a capital S needed to distinguish both words. On the other hand the brand symbol was inspired by olive oil, as the basic and principal product of the Mediterranean food, represented here by the drop that interprets the natural product’s richness.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 19 June, 2014
ONG&ONG have designed the interior of the SingTel Contact Centre in Singapore.
The project brief was to upgrade SingTel’s existing contact centre. For this project, the idea was to create a balanced workplace where excellent customer service could be delivered whilst also ensuring the wellbeing of SingTel’s employees. Given the challenging nature of work at SingTel, it was only natural to include areas for relaxation and recreation within the workplace itself. With this in mind, huddle areas were included in the design to serve as places for effective collaboration as well as spaces where employees can unwind and reenergize.
A common walkway was created to serve as a ‘road’ that would link the different spaces within the contact centre. This road brings employees and visitors alike on a journey where they can experience the various themed huddle areas, which were inspired by the fact that SingTel is an indispensable part of everyone’s life, whether they are at home, in the office, working out at the gym, or spending time outdoors. The huddle areas serve as places of interaction and collaboration as well as venues where everyone can gather together to conduct special events.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 22 April, 2014
“Homepolish recently outfitted e-tailer GILT with a new common area for New York City offices. Working with Homepolish designer Danielle, the new space incorporates industrial elements and unconventionally reuse traditional pieces.
Every office needs a common space—a place for employees and clients to gather, socialize, take a personal call or even have a snack. When GILT—an e-tailer that sells modern, streamlined products with a classic feel—asked us to design their lounge, we knew the room needed to reflect their impeccable style.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 25 March, 2014
D/DOCK have designed the offices for Google in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The garage where founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google, was the inspiration for the interior concept. Quirky elements throughout the office illustrate this era – from graffiti walls and cardboard box lights to the exposed ceilings and container wall in the 70-seater auditorium, also referred to as the Tech Talk.
Sustainability played a vital role in the restyling of the office. Existing meeting furniture, individual work places and parts of the micro-kitchens were offered a second life after refurbishment. D/DOCK adhered to Google’s healthy material list by using non-toxic materials only and designed with a great focus on energy and water consumption.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 20 March, 2014
This new Youtube’s creator space designed by Klein Dytham Architecture. Located high in the Mori Tower in central Tokyo, KDa’s layout is organized around a visually striking wall of red panels derived from the YouTube’s distinctive logo, while another wall serves as a ‘Hall of Fame’ showing images of the top producers. The space has also been arranged to maximize the use of the iconic Tokyo Tower skyline as a shooting backdrop. Features including a super-long curtain partition and rearrangeable furniture, as well as the variety of wall surfaces, carpet shades, and ceiling configurations, are intended to provide a wide range of shooting settings.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 25 February, 2014
Look at an average office and you can see why many people might dread getting up in the morning and going to work. Grey impersonal buildings make the people who work in them feel like drones in a miserable corporate machine. To tackle this mentality, lots of companies have started putting more effort into making work a little bit more fun for their employees, whilst creating a place that staff will actually want to spend time in.
Here you’ll find our pick of some of the best and most creative offices from around the world. Whether you dream of going to work in the middle of a forest, a secret underground lair or even a padded room to thrash out your rage in, these are the places you should be applying to.
If you’ve ever dreamt of leading the life of a double agent then it might be a good idea to send off your CV to Swedish internet provider Bahnhof. Located in a Cold War bomb shelter, the former office of Wikileaks is suitably covert, with the majority of the building situated 30 metres below ground level in a system of caves.
One of the worst things about working in an office is that you inevitably spend most of your days in a grey city centre, far away from the calming
effect of natural, green spaces. To combat this problem, Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano did what they do best and built their own offices in the middle of a forest. In this glass-fronted building, workers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding woodland, whilst a hinged mechanism allows for varying degrees of sun exposure and ventilation. Imagine stumbling across this on an afternoon walk!
Whilst setting up your headquarters in the middle of a forest might not be a realistic option for everyone, you can still bring nature to your office if you’re based in the city. Buy plenty of easy-to-maintain plants and swap air-conditioning for fresh air to boost the building’s feel-good factor.
Google is famed for its fun-loving attitude to work, so it’s no surprise that the London offices of the search engine giant are featured in this list. From the ‘velourmptious’ room – a snug, green, padded homage to the traditional British pub – to the secret garden on the roof terrace, Google’s offices have a decidedly quirky, eclectic feel. There’s even a padded room with a prison-style lock, so if employees ever need to vent their ire against the search engine world, they’ve got that covered.
Although you may not have a budget to match Google’s, it’s still possible to create a sense of fun with your office decor. Why not get some bean bags for your meeting rooms and invest in some board games for lunch-time tournaments?
The clean, white space of this former industrial hall near the centre of Geneva might look like many other modern office buildings, but the meeting rooms it has inside certainly set it apart from the rest. Stacked up like building blocks, 16 glass-fronted shipping containers serve as the meeting rooms in Group8. Rather than styling up the containers, the company decided to maintain their rough, original aesthetic, making them stand out in an otherwise neutral space.
You can easily recreate this look in your office by customising some steel storage containers and using them as meeting or breakout spaces.
The Goethe Institute
How would you like to be treated to your own personal light show every time you walk into work in the morning? Well, that’s exactly what you’d get if you worked in the Goethe Institute in Barcelona, where the reception area features a light display created by interactive designer Sebastian Neitsch. From a Tron-style neon web to a psychedelic checkerboard, the walls change to something new and fascinating whenever someone walks into the room. On top of that, microphones in the wall pick up on sounds and turn them into customised light displays.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 29 January, 2014
With its cult following, Aesop, the Melbourne-based skin-hair-body care company now boasts a journalistic-style of modern retail design in its Lower Manhattan shop. Located in the hip neighborhood of Chelsea, this store is literally covered in The Paris Review. (The literary magazine’s New York headquarters are nearby.)
The smallish shop is true Aesop style, as its founder refuses to have any two stores look identical. A nondescript black awning and plain glass front does little to let one know they’ve arrived so a closer look is requisite.
Posted by Suzanne at 27 January, 2014