This London office belongs to Creston and it was designed by Oktra office design.Based in London, the head office was totally refitted and redesigned in order to create a quirky yet functional office space. Creston wanted to encourage its staff to work together and have collaborative meetings as often as appropriate. With this aim in mind a breakout space was designed, along with a games area to add a bit of levity to the working day.
Creativity and fun also needed to define the working environment. The floors have been stripped back and injected with colour and soft furnishings. It is professional yet relaxed, bold and vivid yet reflective and sensitive; the ideal creative hub.
Dropbox is a file hosting service headquartered in San Francisco, California. They offer cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Their new office development is roughly 70,000 sqft and is designed by Boor Bridges Architecture and Geremia Interior Design.
our design reiterates our belief that all spaces – particularly the all-too-often neglected office – deserve real materials and attentive, appropriately-scaled interventions. If cubicles are the suburbs then our approach to dropbox HQ is downtown.
Halldis offers a portfolio of office space satisfying the needs of modern businesses. The offices are ready to use, accessible at very short notice and respond to the most sophisticated servicing needs. Halldis offers telecommunication and Web technology, as well as the human resources, able to operate from a distance with competitive telephone rates and in 7 languages. The offices are beautifully designed, making use of clean and elegant lines. Whilst the sophisticated atmosphere of the lounge adds to the functional yet stylish office areas, we also love the Milan restaurant garden providing a perfect setting in which to relax in between meetings and working hours.
From corporate reputation management to creative social media campaigns, City Press is a PR agency which helps companies and brands to be visible, connected and influential. Their Manchester office is their biggest hub of creative and media services outside the capital of London. Home to the BBC and many leading technology businesses, Manchester is a vibrant and inspirational place to do business, giving them easy access to other Northern economic centres such as Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle. The independently owned PR firm recently moved into this new head office, which was designed by Whitespace Consultants Ltd.
To the office area we designed an open plan space, which was able to comfortably accommodate 50 people. Installing a tea point to the area meant that staff would not have far to walk carrying hot drinks and the curved partition wall surrounding the space gave separation from the neighbouring desks.
Oro Negro plans to become a leading player in the Mexican oil services industry by offering integrated services and tailored solutions. The way they hope to achieve this is through the acquisition of companies with existing contracts, and through the acquisition of state-of-the-art assets.Their HQ is located in Mexico City, and was designed by LSA Arquitectos and BLANCASMORAN. The designers selected surface materials and textures that reflect the passing of time, whilst the boardroom exterior walls and the directors offices are covered in walnut veneer. We especially like the fact that much of the furniture is custom-made, including the welcome desk that is made of metal sheeting and black emperador marble.
The overall effect the designers have accomlished in this 780 square-meter (8,395 sq.ft) space is calm, opulent and restrained.
Hurtado Hissong design group is a multi-faceted architecture and design studio with experience in a variety of project types such as commercial, multi and single family residential, mixed-use, hospitality and restaurant design. Their team designed this clean and crisp space to server as their Washington base. The building which the office occupies is squeezed between two larger buildings, and so the firm wanted to make the inside of the space really stand out – to this effect, the space makes use of dark tones and wonderful accents of deep red hues to avoid monotony.
Carson Boxberger is an American firm based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their offices were designed by ASD, a multi-disciplinary design firm offering interiors, architectural and graphic design services to a variety of corporate and institutional clients. The aim of the redesign was to create a reinvigorated new and modern office environment.
By utilizing glass front offices without doors, which is very unconventional for a law firm, ASD was able to transmit daylight internally while providing better connectivity to staff. The legal assistants and paralegals will share similar work area configurations in an open plan environment.
This internationally-renowned design firm relocated from their suburban Evanston offices to the West Loop of Chicago. Perkins+Will designed a space well-suited to the collaborative, unscripted, non-linear work style and culture of IDEO. Within this raw, flexible loft space, they built project rooms with operable walls allowing individual teams to modify the space for their specific project needs.
A client-facing conferencing floor, ideal for confidential meetings, is on a separate floor. Also incorporated into the space is a rooftop addition and a fully accessible, structurally independent roofdeck that is perfect for outdoor project work and entertaining. IDEO also required wood, metal, electrical and paint shops for mock-ups and models necessary for their project work. In addition to meeting the design challenges of a moveable wall solution and a rooftop addition, this project is on track for LEED CI 2.0 Silver certification.
The design of open-plan offices has improved constantly since their advent in the 1960s. In Finland, for instance, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health conducts different kinds of research with the purpose of improving the office environment. At their best, open-plan offices have been designed with care and there are different spaces for different needs. Why, then, do problems emerge?
The first issue is that an open-plan office is an even more complex system socially than technically. Unintentional, distracting conversation can be reduced by improving the acoustics or with sound-masking installations. Neither, however, is of any use if somebody intentionally stops by your desk to spin a yarn.
Moreover, many companies have ad hoc open-plan offices, starting from office rooms shared by two people. There are rarely any plans for how such spaces should be used; the reason is usually to make more efficient use of office space or to facilitate cooperation.
Regardless of the size of the open-plan office, there are three steps that can improve the functionality of the working community:
1. Draw up the plans for using the space together
When planning totally new office facilities, it is common to involve the users in the process. When moving into existing facilities, it is advisable to have joint discussions with the employees, at least regarding the seating plan. Some people tend to think aloud and solve problems through discussing them with others. On the other hand, some people are easily disturbed by external stimuli or are of a less sociable sort. Both of these are completely natural and legitimate characteristics. For the best seating plan, there should be a balance between cooperation needs based on the employees’ tasks and their different manners of working.
2. Agree on signals and rules
In an open-plan office, there has to be an agreed set of rules and signals that employees can resort to.
For instance, there has to be a way for every employee to signal that he or she is not to be disturbed. It may be putting up a sign on the desk or wearing a headset. Furthermore, rules include laying down limits for general disturbance. Can you, for example, talk on the phone or with a colleague for more than a few minutes in the office, or should you go to a conference room instead?
People often think that such signals are obvious and there is no need to discuss them, but that leaves a lot of room for misunderstandings.
I once visited a company that was quite recently formed through the merger of two smaller enterprises. On the company development theme day, we talked about cooperation and ways of working. The people from Company A said that it was impossible to cooperate with the people from Company B, because they were always busy. The people from B rolled their heads and said that the people from A did not make contact. It turned out that in one company it was customary to let office doors stand open. Shutting the door indicated that the person was away or busy. In the other company, on the other hand, the rule was – due to the nature of the facilities – that doors were kept shut and you had to knock. The impasse could have continued for quite some time had it not been raised in the discussion.
3. Monitor the situation
With time, people working in the same open-plan office space begin to resemble an old married couple. There are things that irritate you, but you do not talk about them. A couple of weeks or a month after moving in, the people sharing a working space should have a short discussion about what is working well in their cooperation, what should be changed and what they just have to learn to tolerate. Such discussions reveal many little issues that it is difficult to otherwise find a suitable moment to address. If needed, the discussions can be repeated, for example every six months.
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BMG is the fourth-largest music publisher in the world, based on revenue. The company was first announced in late 2008 shortly following Bertelsmann’s sale of its music interests to Sony Music Entertainment, and first opened offices in January 2009. The offices are located in a building which was once a 1920s department store; it now welcomes people with its original Victorian façade, but on the inside it is very different – effortless cool, where music is king.
The offices were designed to encourage creativity, getting them to personalise their own offices with music memorabilia. The space is the epitome of collaboration, where people can socialise, meet and work. And the where love of music exudes from every direction.
BMG Chrysalis needed revolutionising. They needed a London home that shouted “music-industry”. The space needed to be both raw and edgy but also modern and professional. They needed a place to bring together the personalities of the recently merged BMG and Chrysalis, and make everyone, from staff to artists, relaxed and ready to create.