In-practice exampleInterior designSHUTTERSTOCK
When the American company Shutterstock consulted us in the fall of 2014 to determine whether they would fit into the new property they had selected, these questions were most important:
What is the best way to structure and use the space?
How do we go about providing the company with a new home that shapes its identity?
The chosen property was a new building in Berlin’s popular Prenzlauer Berg district. The two-floor, block-shaped space consisted mainly of hard surfaces, concrete and glass walls, thus posing some pitfalls.
First, we analysed Shutterstock’s working methods and then created an applicable needs profile for the workstations and meeting areas. We concluded that the new building lacked spatial flexibility due to its blocky, angular character, and that the acoustics were problematic.
- Limited flexibility
- Problematic acoustics
It was therefore important for us to design a functional office space that not only met the required standards but also allowed for an unconventional design.
Special lighting concept to animate the rigid room structure
Carpet with acoustic backing
Unusual wall design as connecting element
A 15-metre-long acoustic wall now covers more than a third of the vertical concrete surfaces on each of the two floors. Each wall was printed with a collage designed by Shutterstock and thus represents an enlivening element with acoustic properties within the otherwise minimal interior design. At the same time, they also allowed us to integrate photographic images, the heart of New York-based Shutterstock, into the design as a central element.
DATE OF COMPLETION2015
NUMBER OF WORKSTATIONS54
FLOOR AREA450 m²
INDUSTRYStock photography agency
OFFICE TYPEOpen space
The red accents in the new office design integrate Shutterstock's branding into the space.
We worked with custom furnishings such as the counter, unique furniture pieces and a lighting concept with an industrial design style.
These elements serve as eye-catchers and as counterpoints in contrast to the rigid, blocky quality of the building.
From October 2014 through to the spring 2015 move-in, we guided the entire planning and build-out of the interior design as well as the technical execution, down to the detailed furniture design providing for integration of multimedia technology. We paid special attention to the design of the project’s particular branding elements. Here we were able to take time for details and, at the same time, make sure the design fit the budget.