Łódź Monopolis, Clariant Shared Service Center Building, Polish Offices Design
Clariant Shared Service Center in Łódź Monopolis
1 July 2020
Łódź Monopolis, Clariant Shared Service Center Building
Design: The Design Group, Architects – TDG
Swiss Precision with a Dash of History, in Lódz
Location: former Łódź Vodka Monopoly, central Poland
This is going to be a story about a little part of Switzerland in the center of Poland. Precisely, in Łódź. In this very place, the office of the Swiss chemical concern Clariant came into being within the walls of the former Łódź Vodka Monopoly.
In the Łódź Monopolis, as that is where the Clariant Shared Service Center is seated, people from different parts of the world find employment. The center provides services to customers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America.
Overall, the center employs over 300 persons from 20 countries. This inspiring office interior was designed for them by The Design Group designers, and it is a smart combination of the antique fabric of Monopolis, Clariant’s values, and the latest technological solutions.
The Clariant office occupies two floors, totaling over 4.3 thousand m2. The office is spacious and, first and foremost, functional. Original, cast-iron stairs lead to the company’s seat, featuring preserved embossing, which still recalls the beginnings of the Vodka Manufactory.
They accentuate the atmosphere of this place and lend it a classy feeling. Similarly, The Design Group architects did not avoid references to post-industrial aesthetics in the office interiors.
The brick, which you can see on many walls, is an original part of this over 100-year-old building. Its display was a deliberate design effort. Besides, there are mirrors concealed in various parts of the office (from the height of 2.7 m to the ceiling, i.e. up to about 4 m), which create the effect of never-ending masonry and incredible depth.
The ceiling, which resembles a barrel vault, is loaded with illuminating reflectors, along with acoustic systems as acoustic islands and sheets (acoustic beams) tailored to this area.
Three key features
The industrial atmosphere of the office, with its aesthetics dominated by the said bricks, soft colors, and wooden veneer, is interrupted by a number of distinctive architectural interventions. The first one, which is extremely representative for those interiors, are the photo wallpapers, featuring for instance reproductions of pieces by prominent painters. Altogether, there are nearly 80 of such reproductions.
Each of them refers to one of Clariant’s six main values. The print ideas presented by Clariant have been tested by TDG in terms of aesthetics and integration into the building structure. The greenery is another design element making these interiors stand out, introduced there as a so-called living wall. Not only is its function to decorate, but above all to purify the air.
“When discussing the Clariant office in Łódź, you cannot overlook interior design elements that go straight to the roots of the brand. For this reason, the kitchen resembles somewhat an alpine village hut. Plenty of wood and intriguing detail. We set our heart on making the project allude to the Swiss style, even in such settings as lighting and luminaires,” says Emilia Wójcicka, a designer from The Design Group, who is in charge of the interior concept for the Clariant office.
“For this reason, for example, there are lamps in the kitchen; we designed them in n such a way as to resemble massive shepherd’s bells. On the other hand, some of the luminaires are made of recycled materials. Those are post-industrial lamps made of thick, artisan glass. Following the definiteion of recycling, we wanted to give them a new life, “play” with their customization and combine them with the industrial style of the interiors,” explains Ewelina Mężyńska, a designer from The Design Group.
Functional and safe
The ambience of the Clariant office in Łódź is literally and figuratively open. Employees predominantly occupy the open space, and individual offices are separated by glass walls. There are also numerous conference rooms, leisure areas, and coffee points. The company has also minded providing silent rooms, i.e. small, glazed “telephone booths.”
The good, but most importantly, safe office experience is fostered by advanced health and safety solutions, such as projectors with information about low ceilings, or a safe door handle system that warns with color signals when a bathroom door opens onto the hallway.
The Clariant Shared Service Center is undoubtedly a metonym for modernity and for the highest standards of architecture for this type of space. Yet, it does not lose its entrepreneurial spirit; indeed, the said spirit is shaped by the history of Monopolis, and by the value of this Swiss brand. These aspects were emphasized by Konrad Krusiewicz’s design team – The Design Group. The end result is bound to receive recognition.
Lead architects/designers: Konrad Krusiewicz, Marta Konarska, Ewelina Mężyńska, Emilia Wójcicka, Paulina Senejko, Łukasz Miśkiewicz
Gross floor area: 4300 m2
Location: Dr. Stefana Kopcińskiego 62 – Monopolis building, 90-032 Łódź (Poland)
The Design Group
The Design Group is an architecture studio established by architect Konrad Krusiewicz in 2015. The team comprises designers and architects with years of experience in office interior design and architectural consulting for commercial projects and investments, in particular those relating to office buildings. TDG is a winner of various prestigious competitions, e.g. World Design Awards, CBRE Official Superstar, Oracle, etc., and to date, they have performed design activities for over 400,000 sq.m.
The Design Group representative – contact details:
phone: +48 794 549 239
TDG website: https://en.thedesigngroup.pl/
Clariant Global Service Operations Monopolis building images / information from The Design Group
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