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Office design combines cues from the microscopic living environment with the macroscopic reaches of the universe

From the architects: Studio Perspektiv


"We began with the idea of merging two opposite scales. The microscopic and the macroscopic. Cells have to divide in order to multiply, grow and specialize properly. Space, for us, means endless opportunities and visions. It is full of creativity and imagination."

Martin Stára, founder and managing partner of Studio Perspektiv

Multicellular 0rganism

EOH IT Hub's two-storey office space is located in the Main Point building in Prague's neighbour hood of Pankrác. The project's designers have already built several floors of offices in the building.

This time they decided to test its limits.

The organic shape of the building enabled them to inter-play a variety of associations with the living and inanimate universe.

Large anthracite honeycombs descend from the concrete ceilings. They divide space according to importance and function, into irregular chambers of different dimensions.

The honeycomb superstructure is complemented by crystalline forms of meeting rooms and technical facilities. These forms freely follow the basic order of space. From time to time they step out to the side, stretching or twisting here and there. Floors, sometimes elevated, arrange vast open spaces into auditoriums and stages, cafes and kitchens.

EOH offices are a cluster of cavities, chambers, divisions, and cells, a Petri dish of flowing space.

"Inspired by varying and distinct phenomena of each scale, we communicate the idea through organic structures, inorganic surfaces, semi-transparent walls and membranes, laser beams and an assorted colour palette of a galaxy far far away."

Jan Antal, managing partner and project leader

Spaceship

Reflections, transparency, mirroring. Starring light and its properties. Thin line profiles, which are installed not only in common areas and corridors, but also in meeting rooms and in some workplaces, are multiplied in stainless steel floor tiles and dark lacobel surfaces.

In some places, they drift into the slatted ceiling, somewhere they themselves create a ceiling

Meanwhile, the shimmer of ideally shaped luminous bodies drops down on the bar counter.

A 45 degree angle of oak veneer mocks gravity and partly simulates the freedom of movement in a weightless state.

Kitchen cabinets are designed to withstand the impact of space bodies. Plates of annealed steel follow each other precisely, the material is spotless - only its abstracted essence remains. Doors opens to the touch, the handles render obsolete.

Large-format stainless steel floor panels were treated with a water jet to form a solid metal surface. Glazed partitions with frames embedded in floors and ceilings leave room for maximum transparency.

Due care was also given to exposed ceilings. Cabling and technological wiring are precisely arranged, following the luminaire grid and copying the edges of individual honeycombs.

Thanks to close cooperation with the client, the designers have produced a multi-layered work that creates a new typology for the "office."

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice

01 Dec, 2019

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