IVC carpet tiles connect departments at HPE workplace in Dublin
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is an American multinational offering worldwide IT services and solutions. For the renovation of its subsidiary in Dublin, the company called on interior design agency Design Folk, which in turn decided to partner up with IVC. The challenge? To redesign an existing 2650m2 ground floor workplace, accommodating 400 HPE employees over three different departments. The large-scale project was realized between December 2016 and March 2017.
Establishing a common identity
Hewlett Packard Enterprise formulated a clear-cut goal; the makeover should facilitate each department's specific requirements while creating a common identity across the entire space. Katrin Westum, interior designer at Design Folk, specifies: “HPE asked us to develop a design aesthetic that would interact with the external landscape and natural light. Additionally, they asked for amenities for the staff that would support their working needs.”
The connection concept Design Folk developed met this request, as Westum explains: “We selected key areas in each department and treated them in the same restrained architectural palette. As such, we created breaks across the open-plan space, but simultaneously connected the three departments. This overarching concept of connection was carried through in the design details: we created a multi-faceted, though inclusive look by intersecting lines in the graphics, wall cladding, timber ceiling and floor.”
Striking carpet connections
In terms of flooring, the Design Folk team opted for IVC carpet tiles. “We’ve worked with IVC on a number of projects and knew it could provide what we had in mind for the carpet design,” Westum explains. “Again, it was quick to deliver samples of the proposed carpet, which facilitated the sign-off process with HPE.”
According to Westum, the different carpet tiles stress the mutual interaction between the departments as well as the connection to the external landscape: “The faceted carpet design helped break up the large floor plate and allowed us to add the striking green color to highlight break out areas. The colour palette we used added a sense of nature, and further linked the space to the outdoor environment.”
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