The competition for the corporate interior design concept for the enterprises of the State Corporation Rosatom was launched in December 2013. Participants were required to develop projects for one of four spaces: a workshop, a scientific laboratory, a communication and recreational space, or an office. However, many participants got down to business with unprecedented enthusiasm and designed solutions for all four types of premises, as well as thought out the special furniture and corporate identity for the company.
The Rosatom corporation includes more than 250 enterprises throughout the country and numerous representative offices abroad. Therefore, it was so important for the contestants, within the framework of the announced competition, to create spaces and interior elements that could be replicated and used at various facilities of the company. In addition, one of the main tasks was also to increase the efficiency of work processes and establish communication between employees.
We invite you to see how the finalists and participants of the competition coped with the tasks. The project of the winner is planned to be implemented at the pilot sites of the corporation, after which, having finalized and adapted, it will be implemented as a standard.
The customer of the competition was the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, the organizer of the ARTPLAY Design Center with the assistance of: the communications agency ProjectNext.
1st place Milodamalo Studio. St. Petersburg
The winners of the competition, Milodamalo Studio, designed the interiors and equipment of the Giredmet laboratory. The authors of the project considered their main working task to be the creation of an open space for people that can change depending on the needs of the team. Every employee here should feel significant and irreplaceable.
By and large, the authors do not offer any innovative solutions: competent functional zoning, convenient layout, clear navigation due to color differentiation of the premises. Together, however, it creates a bright, work-friendly space with its own unique ambiance.
The visual center of the entire laboratory is a curved corridor, into which open rooms and glass partitions of the offices face. Such an unusual shape of the corridor solves several problems at once: it makes the space unconventional and brings it closer to the natural curvilinear shape; allows you to organize more different areas for communication, in addition, such a layout allows you to hide the load-bearing structures and ventilation shafts in places of "kinks" of the corridor, while creating additional storage space. Another plus of the curvilinear solution is the best sound insulation of the premises.
In addition to interiors, Milodamalo Studio has also developed furniture for workspaces - a series called Atomy, which includes various modular items: tables, cabinets, shelves, shelves.
2nd place - Laboratory of Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence Wonderfull. Moscow
Architects from the runner-up Wonderfull Design Thinking and Creative Intelligence Laboratory have developed solutions for all four possible types of spaces: workshop, laboratory, office and recreational space.
The authors of the concept conducted a full-fledged study and identified a number of characteristic problems. So, among the main tasks that had to be solved were: the lack of recreation and communication areas, the lack of personal workspace for employees and special equipment for storing documents, too large areas in the workshop space and lack of navigation.
The idea of the project is expressed in one single word - "interpenetration". It was important for architects to stylistically combine all four types of premises, create a sense of a single space for a large cohesive team, and use materials and interior elements from one category of premises to another: for example, glass typical for a laboratory may appear in the interior of an office.and elements of soft office space are in the laboratory.
The identity, also developed by the authors of the project, is based on various symbols and formulas. Branded department names and signposts make it easy to navigate the space.
3rd place Frontarchitecture. Moscow
The Frontarchitecture bureau team, working on the concept of the recreational and communication zone of Rosatom, saw the image of this space in the structure of the atom, which, according to the authors, is an ideal scheme of communication links. The atomic structure manifests itself at various levels of the project: both in the identity and in the volumetric-spatial composition.
From the architectural point of view, the communication and recreational space is a superstructure-module in the courtyard above the dining room of the Rosatom head office. Plastic skylights are cut into the simple volume of the module. The facades are made of panels of varying degrees of transparency, which varies in the direction of the best viewpoints.
In the interior, the authors relied on improving the level and quality of communication within the corporation. This should be facilitated by a number of principles on which the solution of the recreational space is based: transformability and replicability, openness, mobility, manufacturability and environmental friendliness.
Other participants of the competition
ABD Architects also worked on laboratory interior concepts. Three main zones were identified here: the laboratory zone, the office zone and the communication zone (transformable hub), which provide various conditions for both collective work with the possibility of joint discussion of ideas, and for individual solitary work.
The laboratory area assumes the possibility of change and transformation, this idea is also served by the various types of modular prefabricated elements and partitions used here. In the office area and the communication area, modular clusters are also used, which, on the one hand, allow you to form individual combinations of elements required by specific employees, and on the other hand, create a single interior aesthetics.
The authors of the concept saw in the structure of Rosatom's spaces the features of a medieval city, where individual zones have a fairly clear internal organization, and the general connecting structure is chaotic and polycentric. Therefore, the actions aimed at improving the object, according to the architects, should be "urban" in nature. There are two main “streets” in the space, at the intersection of which there is a zone of greatest social activity. Secondary connections and recreation areas are distributed throughout the workshop. Thus, while maintaining clear boundaries of functional zones, visual connectivity and permeability are preserved.
Radical design studio
In order to make the space of the production workshop as efficient as possible, the author of the project suggests using the second level. This mezzanine floor will house modular boxes attached to inoperative girder cranes. Boxes can include the whole range of necessary functions: meeting rooms, classrooms, workplaces, rest rooms. Ladders and elevators are attached to the blocks; they are connected to each other by open passages. On the ground floor there are modules with soundproof walls for short-term rest.
Arseny Leonovich. Architectural bureau "PANACOM"
Arseny Leonovich also draws an analogy between a workshop and an urban system: streets - pedestrian paths, quarters - functional zones and buildings - production equipment stand out here. It is proposed to integrate the system of modular blocks - Inqubators, which are located in the free space of the shop, into the existing rather dense "building".Each of these pavilions has its own main function: a cafe, a recreation area, a mini-lecture hall or a gym. To speed up the time of movement of personnel, a second level of tracks is introduced with the organization of additional functions in the protrusions.
The motto of the UNK Project concept is “ecology” and “energy”. These two theses run like a red thread throughout the project and become an ethical and aesthetic guideline in the new concept of interior work and public spaces. The two main components of the workspace are directly workplaces and recreation clusters of various sizes. The workplace appears in the project as a balanced ecosystem, and recreational areas as spaces for informal communication, communication of employees, and therefore as the main source of energy for development. At the same time, recreation areas are dispersed within the workspace.
In conditions of rather densely placed functional zones inside the building, the author of the project proposes to place modular boxes at the ends of the production building. They can be equipped with spaces for communication, eating or holding internal corporate events. It turns out a kind of "external mezzanine", which does not negatively affect the production processes inside the shop.
To create a communication environment located on the roof of one of the building volumes, the metaphor of nuclei and fields of interaction between them is used. In the three "cores" there is a creative zone with auditoriums, a relaxation zone and a video conferencing zone. All three zones, if necessary, can be combined into a single large space.