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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Astor Hellas HQ (2014) in Pylaia, Greece by MALVI

 
December 11th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MALVI

Astor Hellas, a leading wholesale international trading company in the Greek market, approached us to design their new headquarters in Thessaloniki, an office space that would gather all of their functions in an open environment which would reflect both their values and their brand position.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

  • Architects: MALVI
  • Project: Astor Hellas HQ (2014)
  • Location: Pylaia, Thessaloniki (GR)
  • Photography: Giorgio Papadopoulos
  • Software used: Autodesk, Autocad 2013 and 3D Studio Max 2013
  • Type: Corporate
  • Size: 400 square metres (4,300 square feet)
  • Progress: Completed – 2014
  • COLLABORATORS: 
    • Project Manager: Georgios Meselidis
    • Lighting Design: Michalis Gkourogiannis / Reflect Lights
    • Woodworks: Vordounas Hand Made

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

On the reception floor, office space is minimal so as to accommodate visiting partners and clients as well as all secondary functions (such as the IT, archive and personnel rooms). It also hosts the central conference room—detached from the main office areas—ensuring more efficient and constructive meeting sessions, away from interruptions and needless disturbances. Respectively, the second floor is reserved exclusively to office use, establishing a more productive setting without unnecessary distractions from other activities. All of the company’s divisions are gathered along with the management, providing a direct setting for an effective and smooth workflow.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

In order to “break” the rigidity of the building’s rectangular floor plan, we decided to fragment the space into more energetic volumes that would make each office area appear larger and more connected to the one next to it. The daily operations of the company require constant interchange between its various divisions and visual communication is equally important to vocal one. The transparencies allow for a more direct approach between employees, while at the same time their juxtaposition creates an illusion of a much bigger space.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Having to tackle the reverberation issues that could be caused by the glass divisions, softer and more sound-absorbing materials were used throughout (cubicle dividers, flooring, etc.) in order to provide a work-friendly space by eliminating the environmental noise from office machines and minimizing background ones from phone calls and conversations. Storage space and amenities are hidden behind the wood-cladded walls, thus avoiding visual clutter which is crucial in an information-filled workplace.

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © Giorgio Papadopoulos

Image Courtesy © MALVI

Image Courtesy © MALVI

Image Courtesy © MALVI

Image Courtesy © MALVI

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