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.
Billy Offices in Barcelona, Spain by TurullSörensen
April 4th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: TurullSörensen
The new Billy Mobile offices designed by Turull-Sorensen Arquitectos are located in Barcelona.
They cover an area of 700m2 on the top two floors of a dedicated office building.
The project started from the premise of creating a space capable of inspiring the people who work in it; a space where work and leisure coexist without borders. The idea was to combine recreational spaces with more traditional corporate ones to work and have fun simultaneously and in a symbiotic fashion.
This idea is in keeping with the company’s spirit, as the Billy Mobile advertising platform boasts a corporate culture that aims to recruit and keep talent and understands having an attractive, comfortable and functional place to work in as being essential to that.
The project was structured by spacing the more conventional work areas around the outer edges of the office floor, close by the facade, and the recreational ones more in the middle. Sometimes “new” work spaces pop up between the tables next to the windows, for informal meetings and conferences.
The combination of different types of flooring and false ceilings makes the different uses within the same space clearer.
The think-tank spaces, the areas designed for general storage or to keep staff belongings (lockers), small meeting areas and so on, are clustered around the existing central hub.
The core interior design materials are wood, cane and carpet, for their warmth and comfort.
General graphic elements, claddings and images are a further recourse of the transformation of the space.
The same thing goes with the lighting; warm lighting using mesh LED lights was designed to hang from the new cane false ceilings to subtract importance from the preexisting fluorescent downlights. Ceiling lamps were installed in the informal meeting areas and at the work desks. Differentiating between the different forms of lighting makes it possible to prioritise and organise the spaces and also makes it unnecessary to use the original (much colder) lighting for most of the year, leaving only ambient lighting in the common spaces and spot lighting at the fixed workstations.
The work undertaken by the architects and interior designers was simply to create the ideal framework to work in with the feeling of also being in the heart of the city, on a lovely Mediterranean beach or at a hip party.
The entrance to the offices becomes a bar; meetings and conferences are held inside a ball pool; and the terrace, with a barbecue and a string of hammocks inside and outside the pergola, is the perfect space for any recreational or work-related activity.
It was essential to include the terrace in the indoor space and to do so the flooring and the wood cladding were given continuity so one does not differentiate indoors from out.
The sofas, armchairs, tables and other items of furniture, in addition to the light fittings, were designed to further the experience of working and having fun at the same time and in the same space.