With its peripheral lines and functional design language, the headquarters of the international advertising agency Innocean in Frankfurt, Germany, displays a sensitive balance in the symphony of spaces and the volume. Previously stationed in Korea, the designers cohere to the youthful and collaborative philosphy of the organisation through the complete office. The layout, an expanse of 2800 sq-m, unfolds as a series of experiences.
Flooded with natural light, the idea of an open-office system with transparency of a non-hierarchical workspace creates a less formal but an organised work culture. The floor plate contains a variety of spaces in various hierarchies of openness and privacy that moulds into different functional and recreational spaces.
Dynamism and movement are key features of the design, which assimilates employees and visitors the second they enter the spacious reception hall. These design elements guides one through the open work zones and the specially created employee library right up to the in-house gym on the fifth floor, which offers an amazing view over Frankfurt. The reception area features an inspiring ceiling installation that contrasts beautifully against the rich-wood reception desk and black ceiling.
The play of light and shadow in tandem with the rustic wooden swing chairs reinforce the buoyant frivolary of the design. The fluid nature of the design encapsulates a sanctum of relative calm reinforced by the silence of the white.
The interior architecture of Ippolito Fleitz Group is a confluence of modern design expressions. It experiments with compositions of discreet elements in three-dimensional space to create a sense of movement and calm. Polygonal spatial elements and a wide range of materials represent the high design standards of the agency itself.
Open and transparent work areas, paired with semi-public and completely discreet conference zones promote a creative and communicative working atmosphere. Textural forms clad the internal surfaces forming an architectural veneer substantiating functions with formal clarity; while a sensitively fenestrated skin is employed in the exterior to allow permeation of maximum sunlight without the harsh heat.
The material scheme transitions from neutral tones to bright rich pops of colours that make the space professional, yet vibrant and collaborative. Multiple surface finishes and textures overlap rendering the interior space a tactile nature, adding colour and texture to the walls.
Multiple layers interact with the objects in the interiors of the office. These successfully create an effect of stillness while exuding a sense of control through intricate detailing and cohesiveness of an idea that is reflected at all scales. The design of Innocean identifies with the work ethic of the firm and aligns with the personality of the company with no compromise on the fundamental design paradigms.
Project: Innocean Headquarters Europe
Client: Innocean Worldwide Europe GmbH
Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Design team: Andrew Bardzik, Anke Stern, David Schwarz, Frank Peisert, Sebastian Tiedemann, Yuliya Lytyuk, Gunter Fleitz, Peter Ippolito, Daniela Schröder, Tim Lessmann
Area: 2800.0 sqm