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Wed 18.12.

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos (ES)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 18.12.2013 - Tagged as: , ,

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

YLAB Arquitectos has designed the headquarters offices of Inaugure Hospitality Group located at Paseo de Gracia, one of the most important shopping and business addresses in Barcelona containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture.

 

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“We were invited to tender for the design and project management. We knew that to win the project we had to produce a design that met the client brief from a functional perspective, yet far exceed their expectations with the design concept and remain within budget.” says YLAB Arquitectos. “Inaugure Hospitality … asked us to create an organic, functional and an inspiring work space that encourages good communication; a place where people enjoy coming to work. Our starting point came from an organic development of the distribution with its functional areas.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“We wanted the space tell a story, creating a tension between closed areas and voids, making the corridors and open spaces look as one continuous, zigzagging and soft curved element. In order to strength this idea some functional areas were visually integrated within the open space, separated by a transparent glass partition.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“From there we wanted to create the illusion of movement throughout the space, drawing individuals along the corridor and inviting them to look around the next corner.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“In the reception area an extra large white corian counter in front of a wooden paneled back wall give visitors a great first impression of the office. Closed to the entrance, in a more quiet zone, a lounge area provides a flexible environment for visitors and employees to rest or have a chat.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“At the Passeig de Gracia facade, the large scale meeting room, the Chairman’s office and a second office are facing the Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila, offering the right view for internal and client meetings.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“Close to the meeting room this cladding is perforated forming a strong illuminated graphic which, at first glance, appears like a random array of freeform cut-outs shaped by scripted parametric textures. Only viewing it from a distance and a second look reveals that it displays the map of an important West African investment area like Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. This futuristic concept extends a wide arc to the origin of Inaugure as part of the Teylium International Group, as a West African holding company based in Senegal, with Inaugure Hospitality pointing to the future as a modern firm.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“We faced various challenges during the concept development stage, one of which was planning a contemporary bright reflecting white look, as given by Future Brand’s corporate brand concept and adding a multi color scheme for the office furniture, as given by Inaugure’s Chairman.”

 

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

Inaugure Headquarters by YLAB Arquitectos, photo: Eugeni Pons

“As a result we created a white ambient formed by carpets, built-in furniture, walls and ceilings and introduced a slated warm Lenke wood (Afzelia africana) to the scheme, which we felt added warmth and a calming influence, as well as spiritual properties, according to West African cultures. Finally each room was given its own identity through different colored fine wool upholstered furniture.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architecture and interior design: YLAB Arquitectos Barcelona
Authors: Tobias Laarmann y Yolanda Yuste López
Project: Office refurbishment
Client: Inaugure Hospitality
Area: 475 m2
Location: Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona
Photos: Eugeni Pons
Builders, craftsmen: Ebanistería Agüera, 7Works General Contractor, Cristalería
Bonanova, IEAISA,
Suppliers: Bordonabe, Grup Sesaelec, Arper, Haworth, Vibia

 

to the YLAB Arquitectos website

 

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