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Why we should embrace the anti-office

WHY WE SHOULD EMBRACE THE ANTI-OFFICE

With a goal to expand their space and merge three existing teams under the one roof, Norwegian digital payment company Vipps decided they would create an anti-office.

The brief was to create a versatile space which attracted employees to take full advantage of all available resources, whilst stemming away from the regimented office.

To ensure this concept was implemented the right way and to facilitate collaboration, integration and communication between all teams, Architectural firm Radius Design was brought on board.

Interior Architect and Project Manager Einar Erdahl explained that for the anti-office to be successful and for the design to reach full potential, each area would be defined to serve a different purpose, yet transitions from one space to another would remain smooth.

Revolving around a central social area known as the (creatively named) ‘Hubba Bubba Room’ – traditional desk spaces were mixed in with colourful and inspiring multi-functional workspaces, with employees then free to choose where they feel more comfortable spending the majority of their working day.

The HÅG SoFi Mesh

The HÅG Futu

A particularly captivating and biophilic boardroom was centrally located to be highly visible, yet still meet the requirements of providing a private meeting space.

This less traditional take on the classic boardroom has the ability to maximise light, improve air quality, and visually appeal to employees, all whilst improving employee well-being by up to 13%.

Comfort and flexibility throughout all spaces was a key considertaion through all aspects of the design. With users regularly utilising different areas of the office, the easily adjustable HÅG SoFi and HÅG Futu were chosen as the two task chairs for desk spaces where users would change from day-to-day.

The end result for Vipps was a collaborative, human-centred, versatile and aesthetically pleasing workspace which helped bring together and meet the needs of their three existing departments .

For more information on this project, view the video above!

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PRIVATE MEETING SPACES

VERSATILE TASK SEATING

BREAKOUT SPACES

ACOUSTIC PANELS

CASUAL SEATING

GLASS AND WHITE BOARDS

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