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An inspiring environment for new ideas.
More space in the same area: a new design concept with improved aesthetics and use of space. The Swisscom TV department’s three floors in Swisscom Tower in Zurich have been completely refurbished.
Each floor in Swisscom Tower has 460 square metres of floor space, enough for approx. 50 employees. “Our options with the space were limited. We had to attempt to make best use of the existing structures,” according to Bertram Bihler, the Zurich-based interior designer tasked with carrying out the refurbishment. The offices now feel airier and more structured. They also facilitate formal and informal communication between employees. Bertram Bihler says that the new meeting zones make a significant contribution to an improved communication culture.
One of the new types of meeting zone is the lounge, which is designed like a living room. One example is located in the reception area on the tenth floor. It has armchairs with a coffee table, a cosy rug, a tall bookcase on the left lined with books and historic figures from the world of film, a large TV and a standing table made of oak on the right. Opposite is an open plan kitchen with a contemporary design. Employees and clients can sit down here for a meeting without needing to book one of the meeting rooms. The lounge on the 11th floor has a completely different design. Four employees are currently using it, one sitting cross-legged on the high-pile rug. The highly focused team are testing new TV applications: it’s just like at home, except they’re watching with a professional eye. These specially designed lounges are very popular because they help boost innovation. They’re so popular, in fact, that employees constantly stray out of other departments to spend time here.
Alongside the lounges, another highlight of the spatial concept is the LO Mindport think tanks. Employees can withdraw into the think tanks to carry out focused work, make long telephone calls or hold one-on-one meetings. The think tanks are autonomous spaces that block out sound and light and are sealed off from their surroundings. They are deliberately positioned at the edges of the office so that employees using the think tanks are not disturbed by the sound of people constantly passing by.
Another key aspect of the refurbishment was procuring new furniture. As a longstanding strategic partner to Swisscom, Lista Office LO was optimally familiar with its needs and requirements. The tables and desks units are from the “Motion” gamma. “LO Motion XXL” tables were used in the meeting rooms and the cabinet system “LO One” and “LO Drawer Units” were used as complements to the tables and desks. The coat racks and personal lockers were custom-made by a carpenter. Historic film posters and transparent film on the glass walls provide inspiring design features that add a perfect finishing touch to the colour and material concept.
Bertram Bihler is certain that Swisscom TV’s new workplace concept will significantly boost the quality of employees’ work. The interior designer also rated his first collaboration with Lista Office LO as positive across the board.
Across an area of approx. 460 m2, these furnishing systems ensure optimum flow in the daily work at the Swisscom TV department.
Lounges and think tanks (LO Mindport) help foster an improved communication culture.
- Secluded spaces encourages innovation
- Better spatial structures in uniform surfaces
- Facilitates both formal and informal communication