The workplace is an important recruitment tool for any company, but when it comes to technology firms, it’s critical. And when the company works in the fitness business, the office environment plays an even greater role in reflecting and accommodating the active lifestyle its products support.
Structure Tone’s Dublin team recently helped a fitness tech client with this very goal: building out their new space to not only allow for fitness, but to make it as inherent to the workplace as it is to the business.
Designed by MCA Architects, the project brief outlined the vision to center on fitness and activity, including creating a sense of bringing the outside in through details like live edges on wood features and a dramatic “living wall” in the breakout space. “They really wanted an open, fresh working environment, away from the stereotypical office,” says Brian Doyle, Structure Tone project manager. “The living wall was key to that.”
The design also entailed features literally meant for running and walking, from treadmill desks in the meeting rooms to a running track around the perimeter of the space. With so many unique and custom elements, preplanning and coordination was more vital than ever. Structure Tone worked closely with the architect and client to walk through the procurement process and timeframe so that the project could keep up with the aggressive nine-week schedule. “Procurement of the bespoke elements really drove the project,” Doyle says. Also a factor was the building’s low ceilings, which meant exposed services and alternative ceiling finishes were the most practical—yet attractive—option.
Working as a team, they were able to meet the deadline, creating a space that mixes bright colors and modern workplace finishings with the natural features and vintage elements of the original building. And, of course, one that inspires its employees and visitors to get active. “We really wanted to make sure that the flow and movement of the space worked as designed,” says Doyle. “I think, as a team, we definitely achieved that.”
Company: Structure Tone Dublin
Architect: MCA Architects
Owner’s Rep: Gardiner & Theobald
Services: Preconstruction, Construction Management
Completion: August 2016