The centre of the office is a community reception area. The wood-beamed ceilings give a warm, homelike atmosphere to the space. The backdrop is decorated with a coloured Budapest map to create a local brief.
The Hungarian reflection is coming back from the themes of the small meeting rooms too, such as Hévíz, Tokaj and Lake Balaton. Their stylized graphic elements decorate the glass walls, and the walls are covered with full-scale landscape photographs. The Danube meeting room is decorated by employees’ pictures of their own travels, while the dominant artwork of the Budapest meeting room is a montage of the most popular global destinations of Booking.com. The rigorous functionality of the office space is relaxed by lively modular carpets, coloured pinboards and painted wall surfaces.
Common meals become a real community event in the cosy kitchen that evokes the atmosphere of the “ruin pubs” of Budapest. The floor covering has cement tile inserts from early 20th century houses. Fruit and snacks packed in wooden boxes on the vegetable stalls await those coming to the kitchen to eat, talk or play table football. The rustic wooden surfaces of tables, benches, countertops and wall coverings give warmth and contrast to the dark colours. The vivid chairs and the carbon fibre light bulbs hanging on textile cords are extravagant accessories of the “vintage” atmosphere.
What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
Our goal was to create an environment where experiences improve employees’ quality of work, boost their performance, creativity and collaboration. Therefore, we have created a place where there is space and time for focused work, formal discussions and informal company life alike. The interior design is an alloy of global image elements and local features, like the cosy kitchen that evoke the atmosphere of the “ruin pubs” of Budapest.
About the authors
DVM group provides the most comprehensive range of integrated building services in Hungary and has been a prominent player in the real estate sector since its establishment in Budapest in 1995. The complete portfolio includes design, project management, environmental consultancy, general construction, development management and construction management. DVM group is a 100% Hungarian, medium-sized enterprise that employs over 170 people. DVM design as a part of DVM group employs 50 architects.
Our commitment towards workplace design:
We find it crucial to serve the best our Client’s requirements, and create the spaces tailored to their needs. Interior design of the workplace is an effective tool for enhancing employee engagement and strengthen the brand of the company, while flexible office space solutions also provide high efficacy for the space usage of the companies, which allows certain expansion within a given boundary and also allows the creation of differentiated spaces for the various use types: focus work, team collaboration, brainstorming, one-on-one meetings, video conferencing, presentations.
Authors: DVM group; Ida Kiss (Head of Design), Ildikó Lente (Project Architect), Petra Kovács (Interior designer), Tamás Kovács (Visualization), Korália Giori (Interior designer)
Visualization: Thegreypixel; Mátételki Ákos
Graphic design: Gabriella Fischer
Photos: Bálint Jaksa
Year of completion: 2017
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Total area: 470 m2
Text provided by the authors of the project.