MILANO, PORTA NUOVA – BENDING SPOONS OFFICES
In the heart of Milan’s Garibaldi-Porta Nuova district, the new Bending Spoons headquarters occupies three of the eight floors of the building located at number 15 on Corso Como.
The project brief was to create dynamic workspaces that meet people’s specific needs, allowing them to choose how they want to work day-by-day, alternating with spaces for conviviality and relaxation, for sharing ideas, taking a break or having informal meetings.
All areas are clearly defined and recognizable, with specific finishes and different height levels, and they all develop around the central core of the building, which houses the stair shaft, technical rooms and restrooms.
An additional internal staircase connects the three levels of the head office. It also functions as an optical cone, an interpretive key for the offices’ vertical extension. This pathway offers internal access from the fourth floor, where services and reception are located, to the other two levels and their meeting rooms, open-space workstations, and green islands with pots and plants to reduce acoustic impact and create a pleasant, relaxing garden effect. Meeting rooms of various sizes are distributed on all levels. They face outwards, bordered internally with iron and glass walls to reflect the company’s idea of transparency while ensuring privacy. Phone boots and a silent room are provided to ensure full concentration and confidentiality.
On the fourth floor, a break area and a games area offer a chance to relax during pauses; these spaces can be joined together to form a spacious conference room.
Rational, sustainable use of space is evident in the smart installations system that supports the management of technological devices in meeting rooms and lighting for all enviroments. The furniture is differentiated to cater to varying needs for concentration and comfort, from formal seating with desks and work chairs to adjustable-height seating; for more informal use, poufs and beanbag chairs, along with hammocks, hanging chairs and areas paved with synthetic lawn. All fixed furnishing, tables and green elements are custom-made and studied to the least detail.
Location: Milan, Corso Como
Year: 2016 – 2019
Highlights: Creativity and innovation
Designer: Taramelli srl
Photographer: Giacomo Albo