InternetQ is a global provider of mobile marketing and digital entertainment solutions. Its new office space expands in an open plan floor of approximately 1000 m², populated by web designers and technicians organized in teams. The configuration of working desks, meeting rooms and support areas in a multi-functional space refers to the urban environment as a metaphor.
The anonymous open plan office space scattered with structural columns and the project’s low budget were the most significant challenges to be dealt with. Architectural design approaches the living area of each working team like a real district in a small town, defining “streets” and “squares”, separating “private” blocks from “public” space.
Work teams are gathered into explicit office blocks, opening up two large “facades” to the linear passages across the floor. At the same time, narrow sides’ opposing walls are blocking view and noise, inclosing columns, cabinets and electrical installation.
The “public” places are the central square at the entrance and the open spaces at the end of the passages, where sitting areas are found. Meeting rooms are located next to those open “public” spaces, divided by transparent partitions. On the contrary the most “private” places are technician rooms with equipment and facilities behind the walls on the side of the “street”.
This Mobile Town is designed with simple lines, plain surfaces and structural boxes. Large surfaces of the floor are covered by carpet in two different colors, marking the zoning of the functional structure. Distinctive lights are installed “inside” the boxes in the back of working desks and hidden linear lights behind the suspended roof of the reception area spot the living areas of the “town”. Finally the colors used in some walls have been taken from the branding of InternetQ.
Mechanical study and construction: Lanscape Networks
Project management: Ioannis Skaltsas
Photography: Cathy Cunliffe, ScapeArchitecture