Inside Playkot’s New St. Petersburg Office
Playkot, a Saint Petersburg-based video game developer that develops social games for social networks such as VKontakte, Facebook and Odnoklassniki, recently reached out to interior design firm BRIZ Studio, to create a new open plan workspace for their growing team.
“Natural color palette defined with a wide use of birch veneer dominates the modern minimalistic finishing with a Scandinavian touch. To avoid monotony, some of the veneer-finished planes are treated with perforation. The use of sound-absorbing material on the backside of such panels transforms them into a “sound trap” improving acoustics of the open space. Color accents are introduced with the bright items of minimalistic furniture; violet, the brand color of the company, became the main accent nuance. The central part of the rectangular space hosts an open space work area equipped with desks that allow choosing a seated or standing mode of use. The vestibule equipped with a coffee point and 3D printer and hosting meeting rooms serves as a waiting area for guests and meeting zone for all departments. One of the meeting rooms provides space for Warhammer 40,000 tournaments that are an important part of corporate culture of the company. Two higher tables with drawers for maps and other gaming paraphernalia can be easily transformed into a single piece thanks to castors. A route of smoothened zigzags connects the functional zones; instead of walking, some employees prefer to challenge it on kick scooters. Objects set along the route back the open space and create a more comfortable work atmosphere for the teams. Several booths for phone talks complete the structuring of the space. Two big roof lanterns mark the special areas on the transit route. One of them is transformed into a communication zone with a green wall of ivy and a high-backrest sofa that ensures privacy. The second roof lantern became a cozy library with a meeting room in bright colors on top of it”, says BRIZ Studio
- Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Date completed: 2016
- Size: 9,795 square feet
- Design: BRIZ studio
- Photos: Grigory Neverov, Maxim Scherbakov (BRIZ studio)