The Swisscom Business Campus is a smallish space based on the notion of The Office of the Future. It draws on elements that may be loosely associated with contemporary office design: open office landscape, hot-desk zones, retreat nooks, informal discussion areas, think-tank tech-driven spaces and a relaxation lounge to accommodate digital interaction and all sorts of individual working modes.
It is situated in the transformed former industrial and now trendy and edgy district of Kreis 5 in Zurich West with studios, ateliers and shops, theatres and Technopark start-up centre. The client, tired of the corporate feel, contracted Holzer Kobler Architekturen for an architectural design that reflected a relaxed approach to meetings and induced formal and stressed upper management clientele to 'let go.'
Pamboukian lightdesign was commissioned for the lighting and the design brief was any designer's dream. It stated that the lighting shouldn't speak of the normal office, it should be more comfortable and less formal. The space demanded an element of theatricality. Elements of colour light were introduced to certain areas. The lighting also had to fulfil office basic standard needs and complement the premise that all areas are day-lit and fit for purpose on a clear day.
In the lounge, an element of 'glamour' was introduced. Large suspended floating cloud-like structures provide mood. It is the first installation of the new luminaires by Ross Lovegrove designed for Barrisol. The gallery at night is designed to read as a long continuous space from outside. The gentle illumination of the ceiling facia emphasises the stretch of space. The gallery as such glows and is read as an enticing signal that cannot be overlooked. The promenade echoes the piazza; the passer-by and viewer are invited to 'look in.'