A lot of employers would agree that making people feel inspired and comfortable at the workplace is the most important thing. But you can’t really search the web for ideas and just apply them to your office because each company and each group are different and inspired by different things. Usually, this has a lot to do with the domain of activity of those involved. For Algotec, a tech company specialized in medical imaging, the inspiration came from the human body.
The office was designed by Setter Architects in 2016 and is located in Ra’anana, Israel. They’re a local studio established in 1985 by Michael Michi Setter and they’re always aiming to integrate international and local influences with each client’s culture and unique preferences.
The new Algotec Office occupies three floors in a larger building and all three floors are linked by an interior staircase. The staircase is private and only used by the company’s employees to interact with each other. It has in industrial design complemented by a series of unique hanging pendant lights which mimic the shape and structure of human tissue cells.
Elements such as cells, tissues and the spinal column were the base for the design of the office. They inspired a lot of features, including the partitions that divide the meeting rooms and work spaces. The wooden strips that form the shell for the glass walls mimic the ribcage.
The architects’ main goal for this project was to translate all the human anatomy elements into a unique architectural language that would make the office look and feel fresh but also very pleasant and comfortable, almost like a home. New ideas and solutions were implemented in order to get the desired results.
As a general rule, the office maintains a fine balance between shared and private spaces and also between social and individual areas. This was applied to all three floors, each of which includes a combination of social and lounge sections, meeting areas and workspaces.