As the rise of freelance work and small companies grow, the demand for inspiring co-working spaces rises as well. For this reason, IWG has set up their very first co-working space in Hanoi – Spaces Belvedere. For this project, our architects followed the formula of a modern look but with a cozy, homely feel. Work is already tough. Why settle for a stiff office?
People seeking co-working spaces are often freelancing in the hopes of avoiding cubicle offices and monotone spaces. That is why our team furnished the place with sleek, minimalist furnitures from Vitra, Viccabre, Hay, etc. Premium fabric from Kavadrat is used for meeting booth’s seatings and curtains. They are selected according to Spaces’ fresh color palette, with the lively pastel pink being very pronounced compared others.
The natural oak color of engineered wood strikes a gentle impression so you feel welcomed right as you step inside. To elaborate the ‘un-office-like’ feeling, we have ordered handmade carpet exclusively for Spaces Belvedere.
Next, including nature in workplaces is theorized to be beneficial for productivity and mental health. As described in depth by the ‘Biophilic Design’ trend, nature can come in the form of greenery, natural light and other natural elements.
Hence, greenery is one of our priority while arranging the space. Plants are placed generously so guests will feel more relaxed and have something nice to turn to every now and then. They also serve as space divider so the working area feels friendly but not without sufficient privacy.
Then, we utilizes glass windows effectively so that Spaces Belvedere has abundant natural light. Especially the business club area, which gains sunlight easily from its two facades. This combines with the uninterrupted open space planning to create an airy office.
Open spaces allow layout flexibility, which can be useful as users may want to rearrange their working space for various activities. We also place soft seatings in lobbies so users can have more casual meet up.
To keep the place well lit (and look stylish as well) at all time, we imported luxurious pendent lighting from Vibia and Artemide. Such beauty is most apparent in the meeting room, which uses the iconic Vibia Halo Lineal. Our lighting can adjust to guests’ liking, which makes them useful for any given scenario.
Finally, one prominent challenge our team faced while design Spaces Belvedere is the staircase as it is originally of classic style. However, we decided to refurbish it with modern elements. That way, the stairs don’t feel out of place and serve as a nice finishing touch for Spaces Belvedere.
Working from home as opposed to a co-working space can be hampering, as there is no scenery change or separation between home and work, which can lead to feelings of isolation and creative blocks. That is why we aim for a cozy, relaxing co-working place that makes guests feel at home but without home’s limitation. All in all, D&P Associates has completed a modern workplace that is a joy to work in everyday.