WORLDWIDEWORKPLACES – AGORATIC (STEPHANE MALKA)

WorldWideWorkplaces is where we take a look at some of the best examples of office design from across the globe.

AGORATIC – PARIS 

Agoratic, a French company who specialise in computer education, commissioned Stephane Malka to design a workplace that could incorporate a wide range of multipurpose zones into their headquarters. They needed specific zones that were capable of hosting digital training and large meetings as well as housing their on-site administration offices.

To meet Agoratic’s specific needs, Malka’s team went the extra mile by creating and patenting a revolutionary floating wall system with partitions suspended three millimetres above the floor and below the ceiling. In a nutshell, this clever futuristic office system allows the user to arrange the walls and space in order to achieve various room configurations based upon their immediate requirements. The result is a mind-bending interior that can shift its layout accordingly. In terms of visual design, Agoratic’s interior resembles a three-dimensional chessboard with alternating monochrome spaces.stephane-malka-architecture-la-nouvelle-heloise-agoratic-office-paris-designboom-02The unusual structural system creates a  flexible place to work. With its interchangeable design, the space intelligently adapts to meet specific needs whilst toying with their employees’ sense of space. The office expands and retracts to create distinct spaces for different purposes. From remote work pods to meeting rooms, the system is entirely interchangeable. Further visual distortions are played upon with the use of mirrors, false symmetries and fish-eye effectsstephane-malka-architecture-la-nouvelle-heloise-agoratic-office-paris-designboom-04

However, it’s worth noting that, as impressive as this design is, it wouldn’t be possible in the UK due to the Part M Building Regulations. The UK-specific regulations focus on ‘access for all’, which would be nigh on impossible for this complex structure to achieve. Anyone with sight problems or a visual impairment would find such an area far too difficult to navigate, rendering it impractical for day-to-day use.

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Whilst it might give you a bit of a headache after a while, there’s no denying that the first impressions of this modern monochrome office are especially impactful. For us, it’s the flexible movement of the office interior that is more impressive than the décor. The applications of this floating wall system could allow a stylish and modern workplace to become a lot more efficient when it comes to the use of available space. It’s a great example of thinking outside the box and optimising space, so it certainly gets a thumbs up from us!

Images: laurent clément

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