GalOr is a young and dynamic software development company in the field of travel. Its offices underwent a dramatic change when moving from closed rooms to an open-space environment that accommodates both managers and employees. How can the challenges of acoustics and privacy be best dealt with?
First, we created a central space that simulates a "City Square" containing a secretarial position at the entrance, a fully equipped cafeteria, a lounge with modular furniture and a multi-purpose room designated for lectures and seminars. In order to address the issue of employees' privacy in an open-space environment, we used semi-transparent polycarbonate partitions, so that those crossing the aisles do not disturb the employees at work. In addition, we planned 11 meeting rooms of different sizes around the center: from a small meeting room for two people to a large conference room for 13 people. These rooms in-effect create partitions that divide between the work spaces and provide acoustic and visual separation.
The selected lighting fixtures resemble a kind of umbrellas scattered over an exposed ceiling, combined with standing Corbusier lighting fixtures.
Scope: 1,300 sqm
Status: Completed 2017
Services: Interior Design
A special emphasis was given to the urban landscape by the dominant position of the Company's offices - the 37th floor of a new tower located on the Ayalon Highway, overlooking Tel Aviv and the sea. To maintain the view inside we used mirror cladding in the kitchen and semi-transparent shading solutions through which the view can be seen even when open. The partitions' low height allows viewing the landscape even while walking through the aisles. All work stations are positioned in an open-space viewing the outside with no employees sitting in a confined space.
Some of the walls are decorated with precise graphics derived from the world of graffiti and the street, which have been developed in cooperation with the client around the subject of travel. Another part of the walls is covered with vivid shades of red, green, yellow or purple, combined with textures or, alternatively, remains completely exposed. This adds to the sense of dynamics common to the worlds of development and travel.