Here is the project description:
Its design has been created for a new generation of professionals. Derived from an hybridation of traditional European working spaces (organized in small offices) and the American open space model, Toolbox has been conceived as an attempt to invent a new approach to work.
The concept of Toolbox has been built on two mains ideas: the coexistence of a plurality of users and uses of the space and topological hybridation.
Mostly office space is needed for three reasons: socialization, professionalism in front of other people but mostly in front of ourselves, and the distinction between relaxed and professional environments. The project was developed by modulating privacy and sociability levels, work and leisure gradients, and formality and informality ranges.
Diversity and variety are considered key values of the Toolbox concept. For this reason, the walls in the reception area were made with 500 cubes of various sizes, used as a signage to indicate the location in the building of the different functional areas (meeting room, relaxation area etc.). The first message to convey to visitors was of a whole and coherent set obtained by adding together different elements. To emphasize this aspect, the wall makes use of a parametric device which has the capacity to redesign several configurations of the same wall in accordance with different needs.
From a functional standpoint, the intervention consisted of transforming a traditional office space (with enclosed spaces) into a vast open space with 44 individual workstations, interspersed with communal areas including meeting rooms, printer rooms and informal meeting spaces.
The goal was to keep the original industrial concrete structure as intact and visible as possible. The side facing the windows has been used for co-working workstations. On the opposite side, a corridor and 5 enclosed boxes contain the functional common services (kitchen, meeting rooms, mailboxes, bar, etc.). The service areas have been conceived as “working tools”.
Concept and Design: Caterina Tiazzoldi
Team: A.Balzano, H. Cany, C. Caramassi, L.Croce, M.Fassino, M.Pianosi
Photos: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano / H. Cany