Extracto do texto original
Directions provides a dynamic free-flowing environment that promotes a recognizable brand and distances itself from impersonal glass settings or trendy reuse-themed spaces. The design strategy positions space as a tool to balance privacy, collaboration and talent attraction by shifting away from uninviting open spaces, traditionally enclosed or fully transparent glass offices. The first step of the refurbishment was to enhance the existing open-plan layout and, from there, to incorporate the new interior’s vital characteristics – visually open, light-filled, community-oriented space. Highly flexible design elements and multi-layered transparency were used to address the primary function of the space: to attract and retain innovative thinkers with an environment that indulges collaboration, encourages social encounters and inspires creative thinking.
The concept is materialized in three different spaces: the foyer/services cluster, the open space and the nestboxes. The central foyer functions as the primary social node of the project, with an informal large meeting area at the center, a small library ideal for quick research and relaxing quietly on one side and the cafeteria on the opposite side. The architectural premise for the foyer is that of a space with a clear identity, drawing its meaning and atmosphere primarily from events held (concerts, exhibitions, open presentations, conferences, etc.). All the shared-resources amenities, including the lockers, gym, bathrooms, conference room, auditorium, tv/games room and print room are easily accessible to users from the foyer. The auditorium, conference room and gym feature large folding doors to open and close the spaces as needed and ensure flexibility of uses.