Kraft Office | Strabag Real Estate Warsaw
Partnership, reliability, modesty. These are some of the values of STRABAG Real Estate, which emphasizes their new workspace. In Warsaw, we have designed the “Kraft Office” office, which is adapted to the nature of work and which reflects the engineering and constructional DNA of the brand.
Transparency of the functional layout, openness of the space and highlighting the identity and heritage of the Austrian company through design. These are the assumptions of the new STRABAG Real Estate workspace developed by the client and our design team.
The scope of our services was:
- analysis of needs,
- reshaping of the space plan,
- the concept of space arrangement,
- guidelines for the executive design.
The Polish branch of STRABAG Real Estate has approached us with a request to advise on design solutions to refresh their Warsaw headquarters. However, after a few sessions of dynamic “live” design, the client liked our ideas so much that he decided to have a greater design interference.
We have developed a full concept with a visual and functional arrangement, followed by guidelines for the executive design. We were looking for inspiration in the company’s roots closely related to engineering and construction, so we called the project “Kraft Office”. We have mapped the values of the organisation such as: partnership, solidarity, trust, modesty, reliability. We have translated them into materials, forms and colours that reflect the character of the company with their timelessness and elegance.
It was crucial for us to open up and make the closed layout of offices more flexible, so that the space becomes more employee-friendly and encourages greater interpersonal interaction. Meeting these objectives was particularly demanding with little intervention in the current wall layout. We managed to do this by using a large amount of glass walls and rearranging the workstations.
The new STRABAG Real Estate office now has more informal meeting spaces and employees have more open areas for cooperation. In addition to the workstations, there is also a chillout room for rest as well as for casual meetings. The kitchen visually connected with the dining room enables meetings over coffee in a comfortable and quiet space.
Emphasising the representative function of the office was one of the key guidelines for the Client. In response, we designed the reception desk in the meet-and-greet style. This arrangement allows for comfortable reception of guests, and the procedure of hiding the wardrobe in the wall helped us to get an intimate place to wait for the meeting in calm.
Apart from the industrial schnitzel and impressive, spatial branding, the reception desk also has an additional feature – inclusivity. We designed it so that the disabled can be served comfortably. The rotateble gates next to it allow them to move freely to the further part of the entrance area.
The project also has elements of a sustainable approach to design and the idea of “less waste”, which we are implementing in our business practices. Since the beginning of the process our architects have been thinking about minimising the environmental footprint. Most of the furniture has been renovated, installations have not been replaced, and some materials are environmentally friendly or recyclable (wood wool ceilings, carpets without bitumen underlay).
Thanks to the ideas and creative approach of Workplace and the commitment of Tétris, our office has been given a new lease of life. Together we have created a modern, sustainable and an environmentally friendly workplace.
Łukasz Ciesielski, Managing Director
STRABAG Real Estate Warsaw
Kraft Office in numbers:
- Area: 425 sqm.
- Employees: 26
- Floors: 1
- Location: Astoria Premium Offices, Warsaw
- Duration: Aug 2019 – Apr 2020
Management board of Workplace:
- Bogusz Parzyszek, Co-CEO & Founder
- Dominika Zielińska, Co-CEO & Head Architect
- Michał Pyka, Lead Architect
- Monika Pietrosian, Architect
Wayfinding & space branding:
- Damian Bieniek
- Piotr Najar
Photo: Adam Grzesik
Words: Mateusz Sikora