A Tour of Rakuten’s Modern London Office
Rakuten, a Japanese technology company that operates Japan’s biggest Internet bank, online marketplace and many other technology-related projects, recently hired workplace design firm Oktra to design their new offices in London, England.
“With the company’s growing presence in the UK, it became evident that Rakuten had outgrown their previous London office and it was time to relocate to a new state-of-the-art office in the heart of the City. The brief was to provide a flexible and collaborative workspace which fits an excess of 100 people with ample event space and meeting rooms. We conducted a series of design workshops, including visits to their own office where Rakuten were inspired by our teapoint and agile area. Following the set brand guidelines our team incorporated strong Japanese influences throughout the design. The client’s desire to create a small office for a large amount of people proved challenging but we managed to work around the statutory layout of the building, coordinating built-in air conditioning throughout to support their fully agile working environment. Working with Rakuten was a fun and exciting process. The final space comprises of; an agile area featuring a large pop art print, a breakout space encompassing vibrant colours in line with their brand, private meeting rooms, phone booths and informal meeting zones. We were able to construct a multi-functional, open-plan working environment that inspires collaboration and communication between Rakuten’s team,” says Okta