A Look Inside Private French Development Agency’s Brasilia Office
Private french development agency hired architecture firms ARQBR and CoDA Arquitetos to design their new office in Brasilia, Brazil.
“In the central circulation spaces, the existing ceiling was removed, exposing the ribbed slab, with the total right foot of 3.20m. The slab and other exposed installations were painted white, a solution that aims to differentiate the working spaces from the central, collective spaces, leaving the visitor a sensation of amplitude of the space due to its greater height. The different scales obtained by varying the right feet create a visual demarcation between public and private spaces.
From the entrance hall, two corridors give access to the work rooms. The narrowest, on the left, leads to the directors’ rooms. The wider one gives access, besides the rooms, to the employee’s common spaces – archive, pantry, break room, printing room. In this place, the great highlight goes to the design of the 6m long glued laminated plywood furniture with a sinuous design that from the variation of its height serves the functions of bench, reviewer, workbench and coffee bench. The furniture was executed with primacy by the local architect and artist Ricardo Theodoro, from Uso Atelier.
Therefore, it was chosen the alignment of the partitions in the part close to the management, aiming to make all the rooms rectangular, facilitating the proposition of the internal layout of the rooms and guaranteeing natural light to all the employees. This room layout allows greater flexibility in the future, should there be a need for employee relocation or team growth. Alberflex workstations were chosen because they present efficient and ergonomic solutions for the employees.
The meeting room has a prominent location in the project and versatile solutions to meet all the demands of the Agency. The space has a flexible layout due to the use of a retractable partition that allows separation into two smaller meeting rooms or its integration for larger events. For this purpose, we have specified all tables with the same dimension (including the cup), in order to allow for varied arrangements internally.
Another highlight of the project is the acoustic comfort, thought during the choice of all materials. In all work rooms, a lining with removable mineral acoustic plates (Sonex) and partitions with acoustic filling (wool from pets bottles) was specified. The ceiling of the meeting rooms was covered with Nexacustic slatted panel, just like the walls, aiming to highlight the material of these environments and ensuring good sound insulation during the meetings. The carpets used in the common areas (cobalt blue) and work rooms (gray) also help to reduce noise.”
- Location: Brasilia, Brazil
- Date completed: 2019
- Size: 3,907 square feet
- Design: ARQBR, CoDA Arquitetos
- Photos: Joana França