Biotech company Vertex hired workplace design firm Area to design their new office in Paris, France.
“Taking a holistic approach when designing Vertex’s ‘next generation’ workplace environment ensured the solution was grounded in understanding the ‘why’, seamlessly connecting form and function to maximise the relationship with their new space.
With a comprehensive understanding of space utilisation, environmental conditions and user behaviour from insights collected prior to their move, our design team developed an intelligence-led concept with wellbeing and sustainability at the core. Not only was ‘sustainability’ a key aspiration, it was an attitude that we wanted to express in every aspect of the design.
With a focus on their people and promoting employee experience, our design included an interconnecting staircase to enhance the first-floor welcome space and second-floor workspace. The lower floor includes a reception, multipurpose wellbeing room and boardroom, breakout space with juice bar, a library and townhall space and outdoor terrace. The ‘working floor’ above includes a variety of open-plan technology-enabled workspaces, offices and meeting rooms. Modular furniture solutions and an employee ‘sound-bite’ wall have created a domestic feel, with a muted colour scheme allowing spaces to be easily transformed to meet the needs of their people.
A culture of transparency is emphasised throughout the design, with client presentation and breakout spaces integrated within primary work areas
Throughout the duration of the project, the workplace was reviewed using the Ska environmental assessment method, measuring environmental factors associated with the fit-out and built environment, providing a performance-based rating. Working in collaboration with Vertex, Perial, Cushman & Wakefield and 360 Workplace, we were thrilled to have been awarded with a Gold Ska Certification, demonstrating the very best in sustainable design elements. This project also achieved a 3 Star Fitwel Accreditation – the first and only building in France to achieve a 3 Star Rating. These endorsements represent the commitment Vertex has made in supporting the health and wellbeing of their people and future workforce.
This new space brings opportunity for innovation by supporting future growth and attracting new talent. This developed workplace experience will help to strengthen the Vertex team through flexibility and collaboration.”
- Location: Paris, France
- Date completed: 2022
- Size: 10,000 square feet
- Design: Area
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