A new space design brings Awaze’s employees together to share knowledge
With meeting facilities that lands between the formal and a casual conversation over the desk, RITA Arch has made knowledge sharing easier for vacation rental company Awaze. At the same time, we have designed a space that brings the employees together and creates a stronger sense of belonging.
The challenge at vacation rental company Awaze is one that many companies recognise: after corona, some employees still prefer working from home, leaving those in the office to experience the workplace as empty and colleagues too far away. Employees were sitting by themselves, which is not conducive to knowledge sharing, a great work environment or cooperation between departments.
Before RITA got to work, Awaze’s employees were spread over four floors, so we designed a floor plan that gathers the employees on three floors instead – while at the same time freeing up square meters on each floor for common areas that tie the departments together.
In these areas, we newly furnished small kitchenettes with adjoining lounges, while the existing furniture has been preserved in the office areas with dedicated workspaces. On the ground floor, there is a reception, canteen, meeting room and conference room.
Lounges facilitates informal meetings
With the new kitchens and lounges, space has been created for both social gatherings and the more informal, spontaneous meetings that help to promote both better working environment and the important sharing of knowledge. The open lounges invite different department to meet around the high, round counter tables that we have designed for the house.
In terms of design, we used Awaze’s core business and their graphic identity as a starting point, and then created an original combination of materials and colours that evoke the feeling of a Nordic beach house and something more exotic. From Gilleleje to Mallorca. Wood, clean lines and a simple design aesthetic create a contrast to warm pink and juicy green, wicker items, terracotta pots and palm trees.
Space planning for 150 employees
Furniture, lighting, colour and material choices