One of Croatia’s most successful software companies, Infinum, which mostly exports its services to foreign markets, is continually growing. While their employees work with digital spaces, the physical one they work in day-to-day had at one point become too small. For help they turned to Brigada, an agency with a number of award-winning office spaces under its belt.
They placed the new office just a few floors above the already existing one, at the top of Zagreb’s newest skyscraper in Strojarska ulica. This location above the city, as well as the company’s success, brought to mind superheroes, and that idea is subtly present in all the material used, details, and the overall approach to the design.
Like similar companies, because of their needs, Infinum’s new office is also an open one with separate smaller zones for meetings, team work, relaxation and socialization. This type of space improves work dynamics and encourages a laid-back atmosphere.
This resulted in the need for more intimate spaces as well, like phone booths in zones which are often left unused, such as hallways and corner areas.
Simply designed work zones with neutral colors are interwoven with other zones with various functions which have more pronounced colors and custom-made designs. The office becomes a cozier place with a bit of humor found in details such as the names of the rooms or unexpected details such as satellite antennas.
The most representative meeting rooms and conference halls call to mind the superpowers of superheroes and include an X-ray room and an invisible room which is “hidden” in plain sight behind the reflections of a mirror.
Infinum’s employees most often gather in the Chill Zone. Made to adapt to various occasions, it is a central meeting point. In its stands employees can rest or watch lectures and seminars like in an auditorium. Modular desks and a kitchen with bar table serve for meals during one time of the day and during another, with a few adjustments, they become a place for socialization, entertainment, and larger gatherings.
The dominant colors – red and anthracite grey – were taken from the company’s visual identity, as was the shape of the logo, which was made in a large, illuminated version. All elements are simply designed and the materials used are metal profiles, light and dark wood.
An important element is the uniquely designed lighting, including the LED lighting discretely incorporated into the furniture elements.
Brigada / Damjan Geber (Creative Director), Ena Tadej (Architectural Project Manager) Ivana Validžić (Project Manager), Vlatka Leskovar (Head Designer), Mia Štajer (Production Manager)
Petra Kolarec (Architect), Ana Herceg, Casey Harmon, Marko Vukojičić (Designers)
Domagoj Blažević (Photographer)