When we think of an office space, images of desks, chairs, desk lamps and filing cabinet usually come to mind, but you haven’t seen an office building quite like this. Studio O+A, a San Francisco based practice has designed a tech company, AOL’s new headquarters located in Palo Alto, California.
This beautiful Office is inspired by a more industrial look, minus the 1980’s interior design, with industrial ceilings and concrete floors.
The open- space is very edgy and dynamic with unfinished materials that are almost factory like. The office was completely revamped from the floors to the ceiling; beginning with a completely blank white canvas, into a very modern, chic open space, ending with a vast change in décor. Each department, modeled with bright colors and home-like furnishings; makes for a casual, warming environment.
Also, lounge seating available as a meeting area to relax and take in all of the office design, as well an enclosed work environment. It is a new office with high quality interiors and amenities. This new company-wide initiative to adapt to changes in online culture, led to the launch of the Studio O+A designed new AOL offices.
The fresh design reveals the structure of the building, unlike the past office deign, consisting of high cubicles that would normally separate the employees, drop ceilings hanging in every office and enclosed offices. The new AOL offices are equipped with gaming areas, with pool tables. These new touches change up the work area. It adds a more employee friendly environment. The office design is very cozy, yet modern workspace. O+A’s floor plan specialized in open workstations and shared environments.
The employee kitchen displays wooden benches and lunch tables, along with bar stools. The bright red lamps hanging from the ceiling create a more modern feel while dining. As for the office space, each office concealed by glass, which creates a very transparent and spacious environment, unlike most office design that are closed by concrete. The design brings about great changes from private offices to open workstations, where everyone works together in such a great cozy atmosphere of collaboration.
Writer : Laura Yarborough
All images courtesy Jasper Sanidad
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 23 June, 2011