Squalio

Design AARPUS
Location Riga, Latvia
5.3
Flexibility
5.3
Communication
5.4
Collaboration
5.7
Concentration
4.4
Wellbeing
/10
In the heart of Riga lies the boldly contemporary office of local IT firm Squalio. Its visual language is based on the dot and the line, with splashes of color adding contrast and interest.

A sense of space

The new Squalio office, located in the very center of Latvia’s capital Riga, was designed by local company AARPUS, an interior architecture studio with a special interest in office design. It hosts 61 workplaces, six meeting rooms and a lounge. The space is organised upon necessity, both as an open-type workspace and as individual offices. Glass partition walls dominate the interior, allowing natural light to flow through the premises and create a sense of space.

Striking visual language
AARPUS developed a scheme of light, neutral shades invigorated by bold splashes of color and contrasting black details. The guiding visual theme is the link, “entwining at various levels – among people, computers, the global network and neurons of the human brain as well as among countries and, on a larger scale, planets, galaxies and the universe.” The link is presented by simple, easy-to-perceive graphic features: The dot as a unit and the line as the connecting element. The contemporary visual language is used with a purpose to create attractive working conditions for both current and future employees: As the Squalio team points out, it helps to attract and retain the brightest talent in a highly competitive market.

Details
ClientSqualio
CityRiga
CountryLatvia
ArchitectsAARPUS
CompletionSeptember 2017
SectorTech
Project typeModification/conversion
Gross floor area m2630
Number of employees61
Solutions
LightingIntra Lighting, Vibia
FlooringInterface
AcousticsManufactured locally
Workspace FurnitureVitra, Steelcase, Standard
Conference FurnitureSteelcase
Lounge Furniture-
Greenery-
TechnologySqualio
Gastronomy-

Jury

Bernd Wagner
CEO, USM U. Schärer Söhne GmbH
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gutzmer
Editor-in-Chief, architecture magazine Baumeister
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christine Kohlert
Managing Director RBSGROUP
Prof. Hermann Schnell
CEO, Colliers International Deutschland GmbH
Prof. Rudolf Schricker
Interior Architect, Professor at Coburg University
Stefan Rief
Head of Organisational Development and Work Design Research Unit, Fraunhofer IAO
Peter Schäfer
Senior Designer, Gensler
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