Algotec Systems (now part of Kodak) is a technology company that provides healthcare facilities with web enabled, advanced solutions for medical imaging. In 2016, the company moved into a new office in Ra’anana, Israel, which was designed by architecture firm Setter Architects.

“During the design process, our planning ideas drew on the company’s content world – the human body and its components. The inspiration for the interior planning and design came from images of the human body’s elements, like cells, molecules, tissue, and the spinal column. Together, all these elements formed the basis for a unique design language that drew together the interior planning and design concepts. As the design team, our challenge was to use imaging from human anatomy and translate it into a fresh architectural vocabulary. We did this by processing anatomical images through filters of scale, materials, prints, and textures. The result was a distinctive design vocabulary that in turn generated a set of design ideas and solutions. Accordingly, the conference room is covered with a construction of wood strips simulating the layering of human tissue; the textures and graphics covering the partitions replicate cell patterns in large-scale; the wall coverings and floorings simulate the structure of the ribcage; and the suspended lighting fixtures are inspired by human tissue and cells. Assisted by that special vocabulary, all these imaging and design elements create a warm and inspiring workspace. It’s a ‘home’ that encourages shared productive efforts, and preserves the fine balance between closed private spaces and open spaces for social meetings and gatherings,” said Setter Architects

Location: Ra’anana, Israel
Date completed: 2016
Size: 30,138 square feet
Design: Setter Architects
Photos: Uzi Porat

Lobby

Breakout space

Meeting space

Semi-private pods

Semi-private pods

Stairs

Hallway

Workspace

Phone booth

Cafe

Hallway

Breakout space