Work typically makes up more than half our day, so it makes sense to want an interesting office space in which to spend our time. For many, that’s generally restricted to what we do with our office interiors. However, when given the opportunity to transform a patch of unused agricultural land, Portuguese architect Nelson Resende jumped at the chance to create something a little more architecturally compelling. Keep scrolling to see more of his modern office design concept.
Knock Into Shape
The Arada Office in the Portuguese city of Ovar is a multi-office structure made up of three geometric shapes. In this modern office design concept, two cuboids and a cylinder stand proudly along the agricultural line.
Although it seems like the shapes are randomly arranged, this layout is in fact a conscious choice of the owners. Each shape reflects the function each space has.
The composition of the blocks look like they’re placed separately, but they’re actually carefully connected at points of intersection through corridors. In designing the office this way, Resende took into consideration the potential of an autonomous owner taking over the space.
A Modern Office Design Concept
The office is home to both Resende’s architectural headquarters and his wife’s law practice. After a couple of challenging months going back and forth with the design, I think it’s safe to say that Resende’s team have earned their new working space! At the end of nine eager months of anticipation, it was ‘a celebration of a new era’.
“The short execution schedule, the short budget and the complex articulation between all the executions were the major tasks to achieve.”
The Temple of This Office
When it came to design inspirations, Resende’s team were encouraged to think out of the box (or cylinder!) by the office’s spectacular rural setting. The changing agricultural fields, sweeping landscape and distant neighborhood is a much better view than the dull urban city after all!
“We see the space as a kind of chapel, [or] refuge. A place where we meet with knowledge.”
Inside, the Arada Office boasts a bright interior with white painted walls and wood accents. Unlike your typical office, this space requires minimal artificial lighting because of the abundant daylight sneaking in through the large panel windows and skylights.
Besides its striking geometric form, the most iconic feature of this office space has to be the bookshelf inside the cylindrical structure. The rounded shape is just beautiful!
A floor to ceiling glass door connecting the meeting room to the outdoors is the cherry on top of this stylish workspace.
In The Shadows
Outside, there is a considerable amount of space for car and bike parking on the west facade. Sheltered porches extending out of the sections at an angle serve to create interesting shadows and silhouettes across the property.
Looking back, Resende and the team wouldn’t change a thing about this design – and I completely agree. Now, as Resende muses, all that’s left to do is “wait calmly for the trees to grow as we expect, and to have external surroundings with a better growth”.
For more on office design, be sure to check out our predictions for the office spaces of the future.