The project is part of a greater development of a former textile factory in Chemnitz, where the fast- growing start-up company Staffbase with branches all over the world still keeps its main head quarter.
The renovation and redesign for the new office space aims to work with minimal interventions in the beautiful original space, yet make it work as a functional office. The overall architectural strategy can be described as a defense against unnecessary interventions and material expenditure in combination with targeted identity-creating and consolidating measures. This was really the main challenge: to avoid adding material as much as possible and find low tec solutions that work.
Future work spaces require flexibility, but also the offer of different high-quality spatial situations for communication and concentration. The impression of this spectacular 2200m2 big open space was meant to be kept, so any necessary closed rooms, such as service spaces and meeting rooms were pushed to each side.
One of the few new elements, a lighting system, plays with the grid to add a new direction and dimension to the space.
On each side a maze of meeting, working and relaxing rooms were created, each of them differently themed and with a distinctive atmosphere and identity.
pictures by Thomas Meyer_Ostkreuz