Studio 73, a computer consulting firm in Valencia, Spain, sought out a new workspace with the goal of creating an environment that reflects its mission. Working with clients primarily aiming for equity in the labor market, Studio 73 partnered with local design firm NihilEstudio for a complete office and company rebranding experience that highlights their person-first approach in business. Employing biophilic design principles while taking the time to create moments of personalization, project leader Jesús Olavarría’s final trapezoidal plan is every bit collaborative as it is comforting.
“It is clear that spaces evoke emotions,” explains Olavarría, “if society changes and evolves, our responsibility is to meet the expectations.” Wanting the office to be a place Studio 73 employees look forward to coming into every day, Olavarría infused pop culture mementos throughout and into the design itself. The doors to computer workshop, for example, emulate the octagonal spacecraft entrances present throughout the “Star Wars” films.
Above the main workstation, where colleagues sit and collaborate at bench desks, a lighting fixture with “73” represented in the number’s standard computer code—1001001—emphasizes the unified spirit of the company. There is no assigned seating at Studio 73 and to create synergy between the common, leisure and work areas in the office, Olavarría created transition spaces defined by soft curves that allow for a clear line of sight.
With many clients circulating in and out of the office each day, green spaces resembling small hillsides delimit the flow of foot traffic. The company’s signature shade of green is featured in the upholstery of desk chairs and other design elements, such as employee lockers and kitchen accessories. Walnut-stained oak wood panels cover many of the office’s vertical spaces and complete the bold yet refined harmony of the overall design.