Simplicity in textures and colors, the use of natural light, an efficient building program developed along three longitudinal zones and the creation of a working environment with ideal conditions for its users and visitors were also the key points that guided the design for Reed Smith’s new office space in Athens. The office space is divided in three parallel zones: the meeting rooms, the ‘buffer zone’ in the middle and the associates’ zone. The design is characterized by simple geometry, functionality and extensive use of modern and efficient materials and systems. The introduction of a longitudinal and porous zone along the main axis, became the focal design point of the programmatic arrangement. This ‘buffer zone’ accommodates the reception, two areas for relaxation and two workstations for visiting associates. It divides the offices in two bays; the office area and the meeting rooms and is confined by two rows of bookcases. The main ceiling is formed with the use of a reflective stretched membrane; dissolving the spatial boundaries and further diffusing the natural light inside. The meeting rooms are placed behind a long lacquered wall with flushed pivot doors in petrol blue color. Parallel to these rooms and on the other side of the buffer zone, a frosted glass wall separates the associates’ offices.
Design - Construction: R.C.TECH, 2014
Location: Athens, Greece
Photos: Louisa Nikolaidou Photography