Skype Office In Stockholm

The Stockholm based architectural firm pS Arkitektur has designed the new Swedish office for Skype. The project consists of audio and video studios, offices and social areas for 100 employees. The core idea behind the Skype software application has generated the design concept for the interior of the new office; the idea being that Skype is a useful and playful tool that allows chats, voice and video calls over the Internet. A pattern has been derived from an idea of voids emerging between the abstracted interconnected nodes symbolizing the interconnected world. The scheme of this abstraction replicates itself in the flooring and in the design of the fixed interior. The idea of the bubbly furniture has evolved from the Skype logo cloud. The Skype cloud has also been reinterpreted as a cloud-shaped light fixture, shining throughout the chill out space. Created within a former brewery, a major effort has been made in order to accomplish high-end acoustics in the premises with efforts such as installing and designing soft wall absorbers. These efforts have been necessary for an office that predominately works with audio- and video development. This focus on audio- and video development is visible in the interior and expressed in the unique wallpapers with prints of cables, earphones and other devices linked to the audio-video technique. The ebullient atmosphere and the vibrant colors are a direct translation from the graphics of the Skype design. The contemporary interior generates not only an eye-pleasing environment but also an inspiring working place. Instead of the old fashioned offices with cubicles, this new interior creates a playful atmosphere that allows good, crazy and brilliant ideas to develop. An office should encourage a creative and playful atmosphere and the Skype office truly does that.


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