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Brief Published: 24 Jan 2011

Office of Communication


Working on the premise that an engaging office space improves productivity, Basel-based architects company Herzog & de Meuron has created an office designed to foster communication through an innovative configuration of stairs, elevators and meeting points.

The Actelion Business Centre (a scientific research facility) in Allschwil, Switzerland, consists of a series of stacked, cantilevered steel spaces. The building’s segments traverse one another, creating numerous intersecting pathways – which encourage case workers to cross each others’ paths in places they normally wouldn't.

A green terrace has also been created that offers a break from the industrial office space and opportunities for socialising.

Floor to ceiling glass facades and the elimination of ducts and pipes have been utilised to engender a feeling of openness, while floods of daylight reduce feelings of claustrophobia commonly experienced in the workplace.