A clean and modern suburban office is facing the nearby forest. Because the land is located between an industrial zone and birch forest, the shape of the building is minimalist and simple. In the style of a hangar, it fits seamlessly into the surrounding area and can be achieved with a limited construction budget.
The structure has large beam spans and no columns, which opens up great possibilities to play with indoor functions, space height and light. To remove the border between outdoor and indoor, plants and trees are integrated into space, giving the impression that the nearby forest is closer than it is.
Functionally, the office has all of the features of a modern office. It has different sizes of meeting rooms, a silence room, resting space, a play room, a kitchen/fresh juice bar and a dining room with a terrace. The diversity of the space promotes productivity.
The structure of the office is divided into departments or “boxes” along with spaces in-between them. These additional spaces are used for different functions such as brainstorming, fast meetings, and other things where people need less concentration. At the same time, all “boxes” have a glass wall and doors, which allows them to connect with the other spaces and departments and create a more open flow. The semi-open office type allows for the control of the spaces for different needs at different times.
The facades are made with fibre-cement boards. To reduce material waste, small board cuts are also integrated into the facade. Perforated facade boards are used to hide air intake, exhaust air and cooling outdoor units. Different window sizes are used in the facades, which makes the building more closed to the backyard and more open to the forest. Roof overhangs and niches in the facade create small private terraces and also protect the workplace from direct sunlight.