The project is about the renovation of the Athens offices of the multinational company Orfium. Orfium is a fast-growing company dealing with the management of copyright in the field of music. The goal was to design a space that is friendly, pleasant and functional for its employees, and its main purpose is to strengthen the relations between them and to encourage teamwork and cooperation.
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A great challenge was the fact that the shell and the basic elements of the building had to remain intact. Therefore, the interventions of the architects were limited to the interior layout and furnishing of the spaces, forming a floating situation within a strict contour.
The first step was to understand the structure and organization of the company, and to translate this system into space. Thus, ελSTUDIO were led to design open plan spaces trying to make the most out of the natural light and ventilation sources of the shell. Islands that host smaller or larger working groups, are distributed rhythmically in the space, with respect to its form and outlines.
Collaboration and communication are promoted through the multiple smaller or larger meeting rooms but mainly through the amphitheater space. In this space, which includes, in addition to the amphitheater, an organized dining area, a communal library and a ping-pong table, one can reconcile and get in touch with his colleagues. To achieve this, ελSTUDIO imitated the dynamics of a square. The dominant element of this “square” is the amphitheater that functions as a place of relaxation. Right next to this, large monastery dining tables invite employees to eat together, thus encouraging dialogue and acquaintance with each other. The central meeting room is also at this level welcoming the external partners who are directly introduced to this particular culture.
As the offices extend to three levels, there is a gradual transition as we move up from the most “extroverted” uses of the company, to those that are addressed exclusively to its employees. On the middle level one can find the reception area from where the visitor is guided to the floors. The last level is an exclusive office space.
The color palette indicates different qualities. The green color is mainly used in office spaces while orange is used where interaction is encouraged. This code of colors helps employees to quickly adapt in their new environment as it is a constantly growing company.
Credits & Details
Project name: The Orfium Project
Architecture firm: ελSTUDIO
Principal architect: Eleni Stamatiou
Architects: Eleni Stamatiou, Iro Athanasiou
Project location: Athens, Greece
Photography: Lama Pictures
Lighting design: ελSTUDIO
Furniture design: ελSTUDIO
Design year: 2020
Completion year: 2020
Built Area: 900 m2
Typology: office renovation