Online platform Arowana recently hired an architecture and interior design firm Parallel Zero to design a new office in Arges, Portugal.
The aim of the project was to create a personalized workspace focused on the comfort and well-being of employees and staff. To achieve this, the company tapped into ancient Chinese feng shui. The aim was to harmonize the space through the practice of Feng Shui, creating an environment of tranquility and tranquility.
The office is designed according to the five elements of Feng Shui. Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, Metal. These elements were used to organize the space, select materials and choose a color palette. All these elements must be in balance to create harmony in a space.
The challenges of adapting this millennia-old technology into existing spaces had constraints and limitations, but they were successfully overcome, with great benefits to the final result.
The design team worked with the administrative office to ensure that the open spaces were the brightest lit, while “dark” areas were reserved for sanitary facilities or warehouses. Another key factor that influenced the creation of desirable environments was biophilia, which explores the human desire to connect with nature. A partition wall made in a style similar to Japanese shoji screens allows light to pass through while still providing privacy and division. The team created both wood and glass walls with varying opacity and transparency to create a dynamic filter system between spaces. In addition, calm colors and high-quality materials inspired by nature, such as ocean blue and forest green, are used. Brel textiles were chosen to be used because of their eco-friendly properties and traditional fibres. These materials can help create comfort in quieter spaces, such as covering phone booths.
- position: Arges, Portugal
- Completion date: 2022
- size: 25,000 square feet
- design: Parallel Zero
- photograph: Carmo Oliveira