Nanobit, a Croatian game development company that specializes in developing and delivering mobile applications and games, recently moved into a new office in Zagreb, designed by spatial design agency Brigada.
“Brigada developed the concept of this company’s office space inspired by classic video games like Pong, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Super Mario, Minesweeper, Snake, Connect Four, and PAC-MAN and so on. The concept was named A Dedication to the 10th Art. The challenge was in the limitations of the existing building, which is characterized by low, suspended ceilings, raised flooring, and a large service core in the center of the building. Unfortunately, the majority of commercial buildings in Zagreb were built for an entirely different, perhaps outdated, type of workspace organization where traditional offices and meeting rooms are a given, and which is in opposition to the so called activity-based workspace philosophy. Following Brigada’s recommendation, Nabobit paid particular attention not only to work but also to socialization, relaxation, and fun. With a different design for individual zones, a different application and use was defined for each one, and the result is that employees have the feeling they are in an entirely different space, which makes it possible for them to really tune out and relax. The game rooms are a place where employees can step away from their everyday obligations at work, and the games they can play both boost creativity and encourage teamwork. More active games, like ping-pong, raise energy levels and increase concentration. The workspace is organized into larger offices which function as separate open space areas combined with with smaller offices, depending on how individual teams work. Shared zones such the kitchen, socialization and game rooms, a Skype room, and a phone room are connected to the central core and are each thematically designed, where the themes are linked, with the zones’ shapes and color schemes, to a particular video game. The characteristics of the yellow and blue console rooms, with their monochrome design and good acoustics, make them ideal for testing and playing videogames. The open spaces serve the employees well for in-house training, presentations, socialization, and board games. Their modular furniture elements are easy to move around and rearrange in the space as wanted or needed.”