Dubbed “A table through the forest”, the PONS + HUOT office is a luscious open space designed by French practice Christian Pottgiesser Architectures Possibles for two companies – PONS and HUOT- in Paris. The duo sums up a total of fifteen executives, therefore the office has seven individual rooms for each director and one open-space-office for the remaining eight clerks.
The PONS + HUOT office is housed in a restored 19th century industrial hall featuring a steel framework typical for the period. Along with the restoration, a new self-cleaning glass roof was fitted.
The office is compartmented into two horizontal planes with a solid oak platform 1,7 m high, 22 m long and 14 m wide that serves as both ceiling and desk surface. On the ‘upper level’ the employees’ desks are organized around a curvilinear shape excised from the top surface that serpents along the interior. Transparent plexiglas domes delimitate each individual office space and eight ficus panda trees grow through the desks, mimicking the atmosphere of a lush green house rather than a corporate environment. The ‘lower level’ includes the meeting room, recreational room and restrooms. In addition to the two levels, the four lateral sides feature spaces for archives, cloakrooms and the kitchen.
The PONS + HUOT office received the 2008 Contract World Award and the Best of Category TIA Best of Office Architecture Award for 2008. (Photos by Luc Boegly).
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