Modern Office Design Concept: The Arada Office | NONAGON.style
Nelson Resende Debuts Modern Office Design Concept in Portugal

Nelson Resende Debuts Modern Office Design Concept in Portugal

A Portuguese couple design their own unique workplace

Asma Khan
Written by –
Asma Khan
on October 25th 2018
Project:

The Arada Office

Photographer:

Joao Morgado

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.

Modern Office Design Concept: Industrial, geometric-inspired facade of the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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.

Modern Office Design Concept: Exterior facade of the geometric-inspired Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Exterior facade of the geometric-inspired Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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.

Modern Office Design Concept: Striking aerial rooftop view of the geometric-shaped Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Exterior facade of the cylindrical meeting room in Nelson Resende's Arada Office | NONAGON.style

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.

Modern Office Design Concept: Geometric-inspired exterior facade of The Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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’.

Modern Office Concept Design: Exterior view of the geometric Arada Offic facade by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

“The short execution schedule, the short budget and the complex articulation between all the executions were the major tasks to achieve.”

– Resende

Modern Office Design Concept: Minimalist curved bookshelf inside the cylindrical meeting room of Nelson Resende's Arada Office | NONAGON.style

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!

Modern Office Concept Design: Minimalist meeting room with bookshelf and wood accents in the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

“We see the space as a kind of chapel, [or] refuge. A place where we meet with knowledge.”
– Resende

Modern Office Design Concept: Minimalist office space with white walls and wood accents in the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Minimalist office space with simple white cabinets in the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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.

Modern Office Design Concept: Sun shining from the skylight into the minimalist white Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Minimalist office meeting room with curved wood bookshelf in the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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!

Modern Office Design Concept: Books stacked onto a curved shelf in the Arada Office meeting room | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Bright minimalist office space with skylight | NONAGON.style

A floor to ceiling glass door connecting the meeting room to the outdoors is the cherry on top of this stylish workspace.

 

Modern Office Design Concept: Exterior facade of the cylindrical meeting room at the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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.

Modern Office Design Concept: Exterior facade of the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Geometric-inspired exterior facade of the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style
Modern Office Design Concept: Aerial view of the exterior of the Arada Office by night | NONAGON.style

Final Thoughts

Overall, I love the way this office looks – even at night! It’s completely one of a kind. The minimal design is especially perfect for showing off those breathtaking country views.

Modern Office Design Concept: Industrial-inspired geometric exterior facade of the Arada Office by Nelson Resende | NONAGON.style

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.

 

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