Bruzkus Batek architects have undertaken the redesign and comprehensive material and spatial conception of Razorfish’s 2500 sq m office space. The elements of the new design enclose the building’s structure without disturbing it, working harmoniously with the existing elements.
The central position of the reception counter provides better eye-contact between staff and visitors arriving at the office. The meeting room is enhanced with a cladding of long vertical wooden slats, providing some privacy but also connection with the rest of the space. The staircase in the centre of the area is coated in bright yellow finish, providing a colour accent.
The upper floor houses the actual office space, with the desks constructed of light metal framing lending a sense of airiness and space to the area. The kitchen area features a large, freestanding counter with seating, inviting communication between staff as they enjoy their food. Along from the kitchen area is a second staircase, transformed into a podium style seating area that forms the centrepiece of the weekly meetings. When staff wish to leave their desks and work, the tea house atmosphere of the White Room is perfect, with its varied soft furnishings providing a comfortable setting to be productive in.
The minimalist concept of the design is extremely effective, with sensibly chosen materials and surface treatments uniting to provide a sublime, exciting space. The flexibility of OSB to facilitate varying accents with the different finishes used and both bare and ABS lined edges makes each space different and provides dynamic contrast between them.