dotKa is a small interior design practice based in Bucharest, Romania. The company is fueled by the professional partnership between interior designer Dana Kallo and architect Alexandra Barbu. In this formula they focus mainly on small residential projects, but they also welcome a new challenge anytime.
Their newest office design challenge was the type of project that motivated them to work faster and better in a shorter period of time and within a limited budget. The office space is spread over 2 floors, located in a new building with contemporary architecture and features. It has a nice interior open space and some very pleasant areas that are filled with natural light from the tall glass wall.
B.sorted is the Center of Excellence for the software license management services provided by the Dutch company B.Lay . Their business philosophy is developed around the quality of people they work with, while the new offices in Bucharest are a proof of their appreciation and value for their young hardworking employees.
Exclusive for eOffice, the dotKa creatives – interior designer Dana Kallo and architect Alexandra Barbu share their inspiration, techniques and the concept they applied to the artistic office design.
eOffice: What was the inspiration behind the design and architecture of the project?
DK&AB: Our client’s brief was clear: inspired by offices like Google & Facebook, they added a secret ingredient: no employee has its own desk; everybody should be able to work anywhere, depending on the task they’re having. Taking into consideration the natural light and acoustics of the space, we decided upon a layout with single desks and a teamwork space on the first floor and conference spaces close to the cafeteria on the lower floor. The colors and light follow the bi-level open-plan space and provide both a homey and a social hub feeling.
Behind the project are two key elements: a very tight budget and a short implementation time. The concept design took about 2 weeks and the work on site had a time frame of 2 months. Keeping in mind these aspects we proposed a concept of Mix & Match. This idea can be found in all the different types of furniture, finishes, lighting, and even special planning. We feel this approach improved the supplying and managing process behind the project as well as the proposed interior atmosphere.
eOffice: What is your favorite feature of the design?
DK&AB: In terms of working and focusing, we provided a different range of spaces: a long bench with coffee-shop tables, custom-made desks with task chairs, high-desks facing the large windows, a concave couch and even a divan bed, the amphitheater or the out-door bar; but what we really like is the quiet-rooms “cube”. Although a bit of a challenge to provide 4 quiet-rooms in an open-space layout with a foosball table, we managed to accomplish this by building a highly insulated cube divided in 4 pods with an area less than 2 square meters each. We addressed the claustrophobic feeling by placing a large mirror on the ceiling and we made it as natural as possible with carpeting both the floor and the walls and placing a large photo-wallpaper on the front wall with an urban or rural image.
All in all, we are happy when we hear from the young people that work here: ‘At night, we just do not want to go home!” and we believe that our mission was accomplished.
Also, right after moving-in in the new space, Friday night became movie-night. The stairs/amphitheater comes alive when employees use the roll-out screen from under the large net to project a movie.
eOffice: What, in your opinion, are the key aspects essential for the modern workplace?
DK&AB: A contemporary workplace should be ergonomically designed, should benefit of natural light as much as possible and should be able to provide some sort of relaxing time. Considering that no-one is hiring robots and that we spend most of the day-time at work, any workplace should be thought as multi-functional: a nice space for a short coffee-break, comfortable spaces to think and work, a small space to burn out steam (depending on the company’s philosophy it can range from a hammock to a basketball court) and maybe an out-door space for working. No one can assume anymore that a person can be efficient 8 hours a day, so, a modern workspace should actually tackle this issue and be flexible and joyful. We do not believe in cubicles and grey offices; we do believe in adapting the design, layout and furniture to the people, not the other way around.
eOffice: How do you envision the office of the future?
DK&AB: With the continuing development of electronics and gadgets, we think the typical desk will eventually become obsolete; not extinct, but rare. Most people, already, can and do work from their laptop or their iPad or even their phone, when travelling. Although the desk and the task chairs will continue to provide a space for concentration, we believe that, more and more, people will search for comfortable spaces to work in: like a cozy sofa or a bistro-table where one can have a coffee while being on a Skype-call.
For more information visit the dotKa site on : www.dotka.ro
A refurbished 1980s office block in Clerkenwell, London is home to the creative and brand new office facilities of advertising agency Ford 7. The space is entirely reconfigured with a sinked in seating area into a pale wooden floor, which acts as a focal point of the split level office architecture.
The space features homely furnishings, adding comfort and softness to the interior, and the artistic neon wall messages display the company’s signature cheeky quotes.
Quoted by Dezeen Magazine, Paul Crofts Studio, the interior design agency behind the project, shared about the key features of the design:
The key drivers were that we would make the place feel inviting, keeping in tune with their strap-line ‘welcome to the fold’, which was was translated as welcome to my home. Crofts told Dezeen
Above the sinked in sitting area one can be surprised to see suspended sculptures from the ceiling, which add an alternative and quite creative flair to the space. These human scale figures, holding onto umbrellas are the work of Czech artist Mitchal Trpak, who was commissioned by Fold 7 to add to their new office space an art statement that communicates the brand’s work practice of creative thinking.
Picture reference: Dezeen Magazine
Designed by its own team, Spotify’s headquarters in New York City showcase the company’s culture and young spirit of the team. The colourful décor follows the bi-level open plan space, fitted with transparent, glass wall meeting rooms. This enables the flow of natural sunlight, which spills through the large windows of the space.
Spotify, a music streaming startup, which launched 7 years ago has now reached 60M active users, out of which 15M are paid subscribers. The platform reach has experienced exponential growth and is currently one of the top music streaming portals.
And what is a NYC startup office without a rooftop terrace? Spotify’s impressive headquarters in New York also benefit from a full floor terrace on the last floor furnished with sun loungers, table tennis and many other perks, allowing employees to relax and enjoy the sunshine and the iconic NY skyline.
The ample lounge area features a performance stage, equipped with music instruments for the inhouse band, which entertain the Spotify team during lunch breaks.
This office is also known for the largest install of height adjustable tables in New York, currently totalling at 397, which are positioned all on one floor. This is in compliance with the ever-growing mobile nature of work, allowing people to work from their portable devices on the move. More and more people would only require a touch down space to charge. The adjustable standing desk also has medical benefits over the negative health effects of sitting down for long hours.
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Playtech, an online gaming software company just moved to their brand new and very artistic office space located in the new business centre Gulliver, Kiev, Ukraine.
Benefiting from tons of natural light, the office also impresses with panoramic views from the windows along the entire perimeter of the floor. To optimise the light, the designers of the space – Soesthetic Group, have devised glass wall meeting rooms and mostly open plan workplace.
The ample space is cleverly adopted in large common areas such as the reception and lounge spaces, to further create the notion of airy and spacious interior. The main feature of the office is the GAME BOX, made out of perforated MDF with screens for playstation games.
To maximase the height of the space the designers have left the original concrete ceiling slabs, which gives a raw, engineering feel to the office, very much in tune with the culture and operations of the brand. The playful interior comprises of bright and stimulating colours reflecting the dynamic spirit of Playtech and its exciting team.
Images source: Retail Design Blog
As the southernmost city in Continental Portugal, Faro benefits from almost all year round sunshine and warm temperatures. The city is the capital of the Algrave region, known for its stunning coastline. Who wouldn’t want to live and work there?
This is where our partner FARO AVENIDA comes in place. With high-quality facilities, inspiring interior, personable team and exciting community of startups, entrepreneurs and growing companies, FARO AVENIDA provides the ultimate workplace solution for locals as well as foreign residents.
The premium address of this coworking space is in popular demand with Virtual Office clients, who have the option to also use the facilities as a touch down base or in case they have business meetings.
FARO AVENIDA also benefits from fully equipped meeting rooms as well as training rooms, which can be used for different types of networking events as well as workshops and seminars. There is a stylish kitchen and lounge area as well as reception desk and 24H access.
The centre also uses myOffice – a Virtual Office application, pioneer at a worldwide level. The application is the perfect solution for professionals and companies which do not need a permanent office, but demand a strong corporate image with the support of a secretariat team, which guarantees a multilingual telephone answering, correspondence treatment, fax and messages transmission.
Our eOffice eNetwork partner VMG Business Center in San Jose, Costa Rica offers a dynamic work environment, a fusion between modern and functional, with an artistic splash of colour by the contemporary art adorning the meeting rooms and office space.
With a stable economy, Costa Rica is the fourth most competitive country in Latin America with strong advances in technology. Its macroeconomic stability attracts a range of entrepreneurs and startups forming an established community of growing companies.
VMG’s flexible terms of office and service use allow every company to use the facilities exactly for the duration and purpose that they require. VMG’s corporate, yet creative meeting rooms are ideal for business meetings, presentations or seminars as well as providing a professional image. The stylish lounge area offers the comforts to relax, brainstorm new ideas and simply engage in impromptu conversations with like-minded people. The personable and highly qualified team has hands on approach to facilitate tailored solutions for the special requirements of your business so you can fully focus on your professional growth.
Catering for a range of aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and small to medium size companies, VMG presents the best option of flexible services and office space taking into consideration whether you are growing or downsizing your business. The fully-furnished, high-quality facilities are the most cost effective option for an instant office with additional value added services and activities.
VMG’s virtual office package benefits from prestigious business location in San Jose, access to executive spaces, and administrative support with personalized calls on your company name as well as mail collection and forwarding.
Last but not least you will benefit from the all year round beautiful weather of Costa Rica, a top holiday destination famous its lovely tropical beaches and wonders of nature.
Satisfy our customers with high quality services anticipating their expectations.
This is the motto of our stylish coworking partner in Fortaleza, Brazil. Their dedication to high-quality service and commitment to always excel customers’ expectations is also reflected in the all testimonial by their current members, confirming that they truly live up to their high-set standards.
The Ngoji centre captivated me because of its friendly staff, pleasant facilities, discreet and professional environment, which is essential for a my lawyer practice. In fact, the customer service performance is one of the secrets for client satisfaction. Besides all, Ngoji´s coworking space saves me time, which is very costly to me since I manage several projects all around Brazil. Haroldo Guimarães, Lawyer
With impressive interior and high-end furnishing, Ngoji adopts the concept of a “business hotel” – offering flexible personalized plans to businesses, fully adapting to their needs and professional requirements. Their premium address in Fortaleza is desired and highly beneficial for any startup requiring a Virtual Office. In addition to office space, high-tech equipped meeting and conference rooms, as well as kitchen with all amenities, Ngoji also offers a whole range of business support services in tune with the needs of every small to medium size enterprise. From secretary, consulting to logistics services, clients are offered different solutions to support their operations so they can focus on the core of their business. Members will pay only for what they use, getting rid of the large costs of maintaining a fixed physical space.
The name of the business centre – Ngoji, is strategically chosen to reflect the philosophy of the company and their practice. Ngoji means “connection link” and exactly represents their goal to connect a diverse and multicultural range of professionals in order to establish stern business relationship to further grow and expand each business practice.
Through our eOffice eNetwork partnership all Ngoji members benefit from access to over 200 high-quality business office centres worldwide, to further support their international expansion.
If you are looking for an all-in-one office solution in Belgium, you will find your ideal partner in the face of the Officenter, a valued member of the eOffice eNetwork. With presence in Antwerp, Maastricht, Hasselt, Leuven and Turnhout, their modern serviced office facilities cater for an exciting mix of startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and small to medium size companies.
The high-tech infrastructure of Officenter’s shared office environment features hordesking area, individual offices, conference and meeting rooms and full-time reception and secretary services. The all-inclusive concept of the space is purposefully designed to ease clients and offer them a package that includes everything at no extra cost for additional services.
Clients are also encouraged to ask for a tailor-made package so Officenter can provide the most suitable solution for the individual needs of every company. The stylish surrounding, furnished with modern, high-quality office furniture creates an inspirational and motivating environment, the ideal alternative to the solitude of working from home.
The impressive coworking space also includes parking facilities, bicycle shed, catering facilities and fully equipped kitchen and lounge area. Meeting and conference rooms on an hourly basis, hotdesking packages as well as virtual office solutions are all part of the flexible benefits offered by Officenter. The venue is ideal for startups to interact, exchange ideas and develop valuable contacts and relationships from the industry.
SoundCloud, the startup that is currently valued at $700 million, provides an online audio sharing platform, where users can upload and stream music files. With expanding user base, currently with 250 million users, the Berlin-based company is undergoing fast expansion, also apparent in their brand new 4,000 square meter headquarters in Berlin.
Designed with concrete floors, the spacious workplace has an urban, industrial feel. This ambiance is reinforced by many of the interior elements, which were left unchanged from its former function as a brewery. This unconventional office space has a total capacity of 350 people, almost double to the current SoundCloud team of 180 spread in product, engineering, design, finance community, legal and HR teams.
Designed by German architect firm Kinzo, this office features plenty of perks, immanent to almost every startup workplace. A library, a garden, yoga room, fireplace, even a relax area with an acoustic isolating curtain.
The wood-burning fireplace lounge area is purposefully designer tech-free, so employees can “switch off” for a moment and engage in non work related conversations. There are also 16 uniquely designed meeting rooms that vary in size, but all feature glass walls to reinforce the company’s transparent image and culture. The designers also took special care in making the office eco-friendly with couch cushions made from sustainable hemp and coconut.
As an audio company the cool office space also features plenty of sound equipment as well as a dedicated recording studio.
We are pleased to support the GREENWILL initiative, achieving greener, healthier and more productive work environment for our members.
Many businesses, public enterprises, large and small organizations are willing to take part in making the world a cleaner and more sustainable place. They are keen to find ways to reduce cost, maximize output, improve their public image and respond to the general pressure in creating an environmentally friendly workspace. But all too often they don’t know how to take the first steps.
This is where the GREENWILL initiative comes in place in order to help companies achieve these parallel goals. Leading this invaluable initiative is EuCham – European Chamber, spreading the simple, concise and completely voluntary set of guidelines to help make every company’s operations more sustainable.
Any business willing to make their activities and work environment greener can join the GREENWILL initiative and make that pledge public. The simple guidelines help interested parties shape their approach towards commuting, transport use, electricity, water, heating & cooling, waste, recycling and hazardous materials.
By registering for GREENWILL every company will receive an annual Green Policy for free from GREENWILL. By adopting and implementing even a few of the guidelines will help make the world a greener and friendlier place!