The design group was asked to redesign the interior of an existing office and retail store building in a way that responds to the demands of a rapidly growing contemporary company. The existing building, part of a larger building compound, is dated in 2000 and consists of 5 levels (ground floor, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th floor) and a basement. It is a characteristic example of the post-modern architectural aesthetic, with its rectangular glass façades and the rectangular interior shapes and layout.
The interior renovation had a basis of a counter response to everything perpendicular, suggesting new lines of flow that penetrate the building grid and regenerate the floor plan completely. Empty and filled space as well as light and shadow, key components of every composition adhere to the same rules, thus providing the user with a consistent sensation of an alternating environment.
In a functional level, the new lines create paths which then create spaces. Every floor plan includes open plan and closed work spaces that are connected with the new grid. The design of the upper part of each floor is following the new guidelines, disintegrating more the existing structural logic. In addition to spaces and paths, these guidelines create items of equipment (lounge structures, desks, meeting room tables), enhancing the cohesive character of the proposal and highlighting the core values of the composition.
The site of the building is located near the industrial area and the port of Tema. This feature becomes very crucial regarding the design parameters. More specifically, there are four points of interest in the surrounding area; the main access to the plot from the Rotary avenue, the city view in the north side of the plot, the port where the new Container Tema Port Terminal is located and finally the sea view. The volumetric of the building is influenced by the two axes that connect those four points and cross through the center of the plot. In this way, the ground floor of the building follows the geometry of the city and unfolds based on the axes of the adjacent roads. Accordingly, the upper floors of the building turn towards the best views of the plot. The building is organized around a central core, the atrium, in a way that amplifies the experience of the building as well as the microclimate. The adjacent floors, all have views towards the central green area, where the sunlight and natural ventilation penetrate the interior of the building. At the same time, the louvers monitor the amount of sunlight that is accessing the indoors for the user’s optimum comfort and create an interesting façade with the various shape formations.