The office design strategy for Traiana, a financial software company, emphasizes simple elemental zones: an open workstation area surrounded by glass front offices, a core area with meeting rooms and server and a reception/café near the entry.
Punctuating this layout is the main design feature, a metal ceiling originating from the server room which branches into the main circulation running east to west. The ceiling is patterned as an abstraction of the stone pattern in the Roman aqueduct named the Traiana. This ‘new’ aqueduct or metal ceiling houses the data cabling, ductwork and other infrastructure services for the main workstation areas. A pixeled carpet pattern under the ceiling further reinforces the network references. More
In contrast to the orthogonal nature of the custom built workstations and perimeter office, the reception/café area employs more organic geometries. The café tables are modular, odd shaped hexagons that can be arranged freely. The undulating ceiling is a floating shroud that contains the several elements that make up this area. Reinforcing all this are more natural materials like wood fiber ceiling panels, cork flooring and incandescent lighting.
This project was also a design-build effort, constructed by Workshop for Construction the sister company to Workshop for Architecture.