Virtual vs real life — that was the concept the customer, an international IT company, wanted to implement in their office. The premises are located in the Old Town of Riga in a renovated classicist building and take up 362 m2.
Annvil followed the principles of a multipurpose workspace to create a self-contained work environment and to achieve the optimal balance between virtual and real life. The work area of the office is dominated by natural finishes, plants and light. The leisure area acts in contrast — a representation of the virtual reality that is achieved by the use of synthetic materials, bright colors, graphics and textures, as well as themes from board and sports games. As Annvil’s research shows, this contrast and juxtaposition of work and leisure space is, rather counterintuitively, a real productivity enhancer.
The purpose was not only to create comfortable working conditions for the 50 company employees, but also to provide them with a wide range of services — such as catering, hairdressers, dry cleaners, etc. — for people who are used to spending their days online rather than around the city. Many of them regard the office as their second home. At the same time, as the employees of the company are highly mobile and move from one office to another around the world, the space needed to be very open and welcoming for everybody.