Project: Qualicaps’s Offices. Madrid Date: Novembre 2014
New business guidelines have required a new image for the offices of this company -with more than one hundred years experience in the pharmaceutical sector- that has its European headquarters in Madrid. This is the reason why Qualicaps trusts the design of its installations with Carmen Baselga_Studio Workshop.
The office had to transmit kindness, spaces that inspired and stimulated the feeling of working from the moment you enter the building. The distribution of the space, the chromatic selection and choice of materials had to be coherent with the spirit provided for the new management.
The materials and colors proposed went well with the brand and the environment. To do this, we created a palette that included three blues and two neutral colors. The same happened with the architecture of the space; big windows going across the façade are replicated on the wall opposite, a backlit mural that crosses the meeting room area, allowing this area to have a sense of continuity.
The new distribution provides flexibility; it allows different meeting rooms with different features depending on their use. The access to the meeting room area is from the general office and through a transitional space that is neutralised with the light: using floor washers and a structure with blue strings set up in the roof.
The hardness or lightness of the materials that separate the different areas, whether they are wood or glass, and which are in combination with the furniture selection, offers a space which promotes the idea of meeting. At the same time, this also guarantees the needed privacy at each moment with the acoustic treatment, for isolation as well as to prevent the reverberation of the sound. It was possible by using materials with a great acoustic absorption for the roof, the floor and the walls. These guarantee the environmental comfort, which was one of the main objectives.
The lobby was the other challenge, because with the refurbishment we had to give up some space to the offices for working needs. We had to give a feeling of spaciousness but at the same time, losing square meters. We created different points for quick and informal meetings, fragmenting the space, but at the same time we mixed it, re-marking its perimeter with a continuous upholstered bench in different tones of Qualicaps’s colour palette.
The lighting is the other tool that has made it possible to transform the space. We also had to keep in mind that we were competing with the strong, cold natural light that floods the offices area from a northeast orientation. We had to control it and nuance it with screens of a medium weave. On the other hand, when the sun disappears, the lighting symmetrically appears from the graphic backlit on the opposite wall, with a similar effect of a natural sunset. This was mixed with punctual lighting.
The flooring of the access area required durability and ease to clean. For these reasons, we choise a porcelain tile of high outputs. This is the On Timber model of Urbatek. While in the meeting room area, we introduced a vinyl fabric of high tenacity, that produces dimensional stability and a high level of thermal and acoustic isolation. It’s of the FITNICE series from Bandalux.