LACASA Design’s new workspace not only aims to provide a creative environment for its employees, but also for its clients and associates. Patrick Bean shares his team’s approach to this multi-dimensional office.
What are the main objectives of the new office space?
Firstly, we should highlight that when designers are given the privilege to design their own workspace, it is an exciting yet considerable challenge.
Before commencing with the storytelling behind the concept, which is an integral part of creating any new space, we should emphasise the main objective of the new studio. For this project, the initial target was very specific.
The objective was to create an interactive, motivational space that enhances team work and helps create an atmosphere of creativity and coordination within the LACASA iD team and among other disciplines at LACASA.
The objective in this case was as important as the concept and the story of the space, because it is where LACASA iD will launch as a competing design studio within the Dubai market. The new space helps to push the boundaries of design inspiring creativity and innovation through all aspects of design, including concepts, storytelling, materials, finishes and details.
What is the narrative behind it?
The space was created to physically reflect our concept design skills and self-imposed standards when it comes to creating and building a meaningful space.
LACASA iD has been providing quality design services from a highly-skilled interdisciplinary team with a vast experience of storytelling, concepts, interiors, architecture, graphics and three-dimensional arts to allow us to bring a new definition to our approach.
The new office space of LACASA iD is proof of the growth of the interior design team, which can take over any space and provide it with a turnkey solution of a customised branded identity, including hospitality, retail, corporate, food and beverage, or even creating unique private residential spaces.
How does the new space work better than your existing offices?
Creating this new space required a vision – to set us on a first step into the future of the LACASA iD team. The new open spaces aims to aid in team building and coordination within the departments of the interior design team. The previous office was designed for individuals while the new studio is designed for team players. We removed all partitions and separators between workstations; created a central lighting installation that reflects the connectivity and communication among the team members. All departments (concept, 3D visualisation, FF&E, design development and project management) work within one unifying space to bring a seamless communication and interaction among team members. The new interior design studio also sets the bar high among us for LACASA iD to always challenge ourselves in giving more to our work and providing solutions.
It’s not only the LACASA iD team that is benefiting from the space, but our clients will also have a better experience with every visit. The space allows clients to experience the studio, and make them feel welcome while moving around our presentation areas in the dedicated FF&E area. Here, they can have a private session with the designers, selecting the materials and finishes from the huge library that we provide. The space is designed to provide clients with easy access to the design team, presentations, materials and finishes.
What were the biggest challenges faced while designing this space?
Designing the new LACASA iD studio was challenging throughout the different phases. Starting with the concept and the design, the biggest challenge was to create a space that could push the boundaries of the team and which would inspire them to raise the quality and standards of our designs.
It also had to be a space that could really be beneficial when it comes to the “team building” aspect. With its architectural volumes, the main entrance reflects the story of the company’s growth and the fast-growing interior design division.
Another challenge was to actually build the space. That wasn’t a big concern for us, since as a team of experts, we do realise the details, finishes, materials and final proportions of the spaces while creating the concept at the initial design stage.
Creating the feature wall at the entrance that tells the story of growth of LACASA was our main concern, but here, we worked in tandem with the contractors and provided them with all the required details and design solutions to build and finalise the space. We aided the contractors and we delivered a problem-solving service for our new studio to make sure that everything is executed up to our standards of finishing and detailing.
What kind of materials, furnishings did you select for the project, and why?
Our main aim when it comes to initial and final design stages is to create a sense of timeless space, a space where you feel that you could belong to, which is very important in any design for any type of project. Therefore, the materials selected didn’t have any “trendy” feel to them. Nonetheless, using walnut wood veneer along with white lacquered clean surfaces and grey texture accent walls were highlighted by black strips to frame each material. All materials, with their contrast in colour, texture and finish, work together perfectly to reflect a warm yet timeless feel of the space which relates to LACASA iD’s vision.
The floors were designed to give a continuation corresponding with the walls. Three different tones of grey create a sense of shadowing in the space where you feel as if there was extra light in the space coming from between the walls and partitions.
The lighting concept design was coordinated and developed along with LightFunk, a lighting design consultancy. The design and the selected fittings were carefully selected to enhance the work achieved with the materials. The lights used blend with the white ceiling and in some places, the use of black linear lights, reflects again on the idea of the black strips used on the walls.