Friday 17 Mar 2017
White Arkitekter creates two worlds for Autodesk.
When Autodesk's employees stepped into the new offices in an old industrial building they were met by a playful and social workplace that also offered space for focused work. White Arkitekter’s interior design department White ID had created an interior that offered more than the sum of its parts.
Autodesk, a developer of an engine for computer games and visualisation, tasked White ID to design an interior scheme to support the company’s working style. At the same time, it had to communicate the company culture and business ethos to both employees and the large number of visitors the office receives. Essentially, it had to be hi-tech, professional and homely at the same time.
To cater for the diametrically opposed needs for both individual work and inclusive group activity, White ID’s solution was to split the office space into two. By giving each part its own distinct character the various zones for different activities are clearly demarcated. Ensuring that the spaces work together as a whole, the solution offers a seamless transition between them.
The social and more dynamic areas are gathered at a colourful core in the centre of the space. The core is a space for collaboration, meetings and relaxation. Individual or tasks requiring concentration take place in workspaces that form an outer ring around the core. A glass partition with a computer game inspired motif separates the different functions yet provides the transparency needed to create a cohesive environment.
"In relaxed and shoeless meetings, our client Autodesk shared their vision for an office space divided into two ‘worlds’, with each world serving a distinct function. One workspace with a Zen-like environment where staff can work uninterrupted and get immersed in the digital world, and another for socialising, play and meetings ‘IRL’. The membrane between these two worlds is a semi-transparent artwork by Oscar Aglert which interprets Autodesk’s business in a fun and playful way – which is just what the client’s business is all about,” says Magnus Lindgren, lead interior architect at White.
Materials play a key role in the zoning. The core features strong colours and patterns to complement the building’s industrial character and to become an extension of the city outside. Wood and natural materials lend a lighter feel to the workspaces in the outer ring.
Photographer: Emil Fagander
About White Arkitekter:
White Arkitekter was founded by Sidney White in 1951 and is Scandinavia’s leading architectural firm with approx. 900 employees working in 14 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the UK. Our work is research focused and our expertise encompasses architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design.
For nearly two decades, White has invested in establishing a unique research-based department of highly qualified experts in the field of sustainable design. Our founder’s aim was to improve society through architecture and his legacy lives on in our ambition to contribute towards the building of a sustainable world.
Client: Autodesk AB
City: Stockholm, Sweden
Size/area: 370 m2