A Tour of Grammarly’s Sleek New Kiev Office
Grammarly, a global IT-company that offers an AI-powered product helping people make their English communication clear and effective, wherever they type, recently moved into a new office in Kiev, Ukraine designed by architecture and interior design firm balbek bureau.
“The original office area, occupying the top two-level floor of a 14-story office building, consisted of two levels, with the ground level featuring 8.8-m high ceiling and 1,300 sq m of open space, and the mezzanine level with a 3-m high ceiling and 450 sq m of space. Our layout idea was to place the meet-up zone on the ground floor, making it a core element, a heart, of the office, around which six open-space working zones, each with soundproof qualities, to be located. We adjusted the configuration of the mezzanine floor to ensure the correct radial curve that separates the working areas from the meet-up zone. We connected the two levels with the newly installed open staircases. Several individual box rooms offer privacy for quiet work and one-on-one communication. Larger meeting rooms, with capacities of 8 to 15 people, are located around the meet-up zone and are finished in different colors. There are 21 lounge zones in the office, including a library, a nap room and acoustic room to play musical instruments or watch videos. There is even a fireplace zone for added comfort and relaxation, which is also used as an informal meeting place. Extensive use of eco-friendly materials and natural wood, including creative reuse of oak throughout the office space, multiple references to the outdoors in the lounge areas, and the abundance of natural light help to create a positive work-life balance for the employees and contribute to highest levels of their comfort and efficiency. The nap room is designed for three sleeping places. Conceptually, these are three blocks closed by the curtains for optical isolation. The blocks have mattresses under which weighing sensors are located. If someone occupies a sleeping place – the sensor responds and sends a signal to the light indication – the zZZ letters, which means the block is busy. Lounge areas created above the rooms of the ground floor are connected to the working zones by one of the key elements of the entire office – the suspension bridge. The length of the bridge is 90m, it loops around the office in a gentle curve, overlooking the entire office and expanding slightly to accommodate lounge zones in its path. The bridge has no ground support, it is merely suspended from the ceiling. In order to keep the thickness of the bridge to a minimum, we passed the sprinkler system pipes under the main floor, and incorporated their fragments into the body of the bridge, blending them with the bridge’s structural elements. Fifty tons of metal was used in the construction of the office, out of which 25 tons went to making the suspension bridge. It unites various functional zones of the office into a single life cycle or rhythm; it has also become a powerful symbol of the inseparable connection between Grammarly offices in Kyiv, New York, and San Francisco,” says balbek bureau
- Location: Kiev, Ukraine
- Date completed: November 2018
- Size: 18,836 square feet
- Design: balbek bureau
- Photos: Andrey Bezuglov, Yevhenii Avramenko