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Swiss Bureau designs Rem Koolhaas-inspired interiors for open-plan office in Dubai

Swiss Bureau designs Rem Koolhaas-inspired interiors for open-plan office in Dubai

Industrial, Interior design, Interiors, Polycarbonate, Swiss Bureau

Swiss Bureau has completed the design and build for construction materials firm HIRA Walraven’s new office in Dubai, incorporating industrial elements and materials, and taking cues from Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’ iconic buildings.


All photography by Bahr Al-Alum Karim.

The 12,000-square-foot office located in Dubai Investment Park is set on two floors, and due to its spatial layout, allowed for a single shared space. In most parts, private offices are removed from the plan in favour for a more transparent work space.

Featuring a double-height reception area, the office also includes a pantry. a break-out area, offices for the CEO and managers, a client lounge, meeting rooms and storage rooms; as well as a large open work space area and back of house offices in the factory section.

The MEP elements of the space is one of the driving factors behind the design, with a clear brief from the client that outlined the need for an “industrial-loft look”.

With a concept that aimed to “make the invisible visible” the designers used the MEP as a cohesive part of the design language.

The central structure incorporates polycarboate- a material that is commonly associated with the buildings of renown Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas- that provides both privacy and translucency to the space.

“In starting with a blank canvas of a rectangular space, franked by curtain walls at two sides of the building, it was a great opportunity to design in order to allow maximum light into the office environment. The decision of a center core structure that emerges from the ground through to the first floor dictated the remaining space plan,” said the designers.

The material palette across the office is dictated by the industrial design brief, incorporating concrete micro topping, plywood, plaster, polycarbonate, wood effect vinyl flooring and carpet tiles.

The brand identity of the firm is also translated through the juxtaposition of materials such as refined glass and black powder coated metal, as well as tones of green, blue, and orange that tie the design’s DNA with the rest of the interiors.

PPR pipes are also used across the space as a design feature, converting them into lights with a reclaimed pinewood finish. Other industrial elements include exposed conducts and rubber wall cladding that was supplied by the firm.

Sustainability was also an important consideration within the design of the project, with the double-height curtain wall to the west allowing enough daylight into the space without causing too much heat during the summer months in Dubai.

Materials such a plywood uses lower VIC glues, and due to its organic nature, is recyclable.

Swiss Bureau has also recently completed the interiors of a origami-inspired creative incubator in Dubai, as well as a the interiors for financial services group, Amana Capital’s new office, that combines warm wooden and brass tones.

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