The new office of Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew
When medical technology business Smith & Nephew decided to relocate, they opted for a two-storey office building in Hoofddorp in The Netherlands. Although rather big, the property was a perfect match in terms of location and potential. Tétris was commissioned to optimize unity and connectivity in the spaces, and to create an open and transparent work environment where everyone can feel at home and a valued part of the organisation.
Staircase as cohesive element
The element of connection has been incorporated into the design – literally. A robust, wooden staircase connecting the two storeys puts employees within easy reach of each other. The warmth of the wood gives the space a welcoming feel and contrasts beautifully with the sleek and contemporary style office interior. But the staircase does not only have a connecting value vertically.
The staircase design, with deep treads at the bottom that double as platforms, allows the ground floor to be turned into an event space for a wide variety of uses, including town hall meetings. A TV screen for presentations has been mounted on the wall opposite the staircase, and there’s also a mini area where small groups of employees can congregate for project meetings. The additional seats are perfect for a quick lunch. Last but not least, shelves have been integrated into the risers and there’s even room for plants. All this makes the staircase much more than just stairs!
Smith & Nephew wanted the new office building to be designed as a fully-fledged hub for external colleagues. For this reason, various seating areas and flexible workspaces were included in the design. Different floor surfaces give the illusion of separate areas without interrupting the openness of the space.
The office interior is a modern reflection of the identity of Smith & Nephew. The company’s characteristic signage has been tastefully incorporated both indoors and outdoors. Combining corporate identity with natural materials such as wood and natural stone gives the office building a tranquil, sustainable and natural vibe. The result: a friendly, open, fresh and transparent work environment that fits in with the culture and ambitions of Smith & Nephew.
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