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Brief Published: 4 Apr 2012

Transparent Office Block, Georgia


Highlighting a burgeoning trend for greater transparency within the workspace, London-based practice Architects of Innovation has designed the Prosecutor’s Office – a directional glass-fronted legal building in Tbilisi, Georgia.

From the outside, the building appears as an extensive charcoal-coloured frame holding the suspended, transparent volumes of the internal office and meeting room space within it. According to the designers, the unusual structural appearance acts as a metaphor for their vision of the legal system: held within a protective shell, but open and equalising.

Enhancing the impact of the transparent aesthetic yet further, approximately 70% of the glass box-like structures that make up the building are set back from the edge of the supporting frame, creating a staggered façade. This allows inhabitants and passers-by to easily spy on different parts of the building, depending on their position.

Introducing an outdoor element, chasms in the staggered façade create balconies and terraces where employees can take time out. And a roof garden provides the ideal setting for celebrations and events.

See Stylus’ report Oxford Biochemistry Lab: Rethink the Workspace and also our recent profile Anagram Architects: Reinventing Urban India for more on how increasing architectural transparency can encourage more communicative ways of working – and socially satisfying ways of living.

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