Design Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH
Location Schwarzach, Vorarlberg, Austria
The Russmedia HQ in Schwarzach, Austria, were constructed over twenty years ago – the time was right for a re-launch. Now the space meets all requirements of a modern work environment.

Twenty years on
More than eight different media brands operate under the umbrella Russmedia at the publishing company’s HQ in Schwarzach in the west of Austria. The building – locally known as ‘Vorarlberger Medienhaus’ – was originally constructed in 1996 by Ernst Giselbrecht + Partner, the same architects that were commissioned with its recent re-design. The aim was to create contemporary workplaces for 450 employees while reflecting the new, flat organizational structures within the company. The brief meant to fundamentally reconsider the interior, leading to profound changes in its spatial set-up.

Opening up
Exploring ways of enhancing communication between colleagues of different media brands and particularly between the print and digital departments became a priority in the re-design process. Subsequently, glass walls were removed and corridors turned into meeting zones, with the whole space opening up. Workplaces are designed to facilitate and encourage co-operations to suit a variety of project team constellations. Separate areas for meetings, conversations and phone calls provide for privacy where required. The generous, light-filled entrance hall welcomes visitors with an elegantly curved desk, sculptural seating and a column overgrown with plants, reaching over three floors.

CitySchwarzach, Vorarlberg
ArchitectsErnst Giselbrecht + Partner ZT GmbH
CompletionApril 2016
Project typeModification/conversion
Gross floor area m26470
Number of employees450
LightingZumtobel | Artemide
FlooringGranite and carpet tiles on access floor
Workspace FurnitureBuzzispace
Conference FurnitureBla Station
Lounge FurnitureDevon | Buzzispace | B&B Italia | Hay | Muuto | Vitra | Ton | Zeitraum
GreeneryFlorawall - vertical greening
TechnologyExtensive communication technology
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