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Shira Lavi BD studio designs rooftop office space in Israel for informal work meetings and breakout areas

June 11, 2020

Tel Aviv-based interior architecture firm Shira Lavi BD has designed a rooftop relaxation and breakout area for the Israeli branch of an international co-working space in Ra’anana city. The rooftop area adjacent to the company’s offices extends over an area of more than 900m², it has been distributed in two areas: a public space designed for professional workers throughout the building and a different private space for those workers from other offices.

The open area stood had not been used for many years and functioned as a technical area only. The design firm envisioned an extension to the office in the open air, a sort of “escape area” that would provide a space for a short coffee break for informal work meetings gatherings and events even after working hours and especially to break away from the standard office space and enjoy the wonderful weather in this area during most of the day.

The project had a rough budget, so Lavi chose simple and basic materials with relatively low cost, some of which are even recycled. The selected plants are compatible with the weather conditions in the region. The roof area is divided into two parts: the private part which houses office employees only extends over an area of 300m², and the public part serves all the people who work in the building.

In the private area, a partially closed pergola was installed with wooden beams to help soften the sunlight and at the same time, it is a place where workers can unwind outdoors. The flooring of the private area features ipe outdoor decking.

In the public area, a layer of gravel stones made of concrete waste and stones were generously scattered on the floor, and recycled plastic containers were used to plant different trees that also form a backdrop from the office windows. In the private area, there are several seating options, a hammock and a landscape overlooking the east of the Shomron Mountains.

There’s a building next to the roof that gives shade on the hottest summer days during peak hours. The selected furniture from Vondom is durable in all weather and is easy to clean and maintenance. The final combination of the open landscape, the simple materials, the plants, the varied and comfortable furniture for sitting create together a successful “escape space” in the middle of a working day and an inviting area for events that are used most months of the year.

The chill-out area features sets of armchairs and sofas from Vondom’s Ulm collection designed by Ramón Esteve or pieces from the Stone collection designed by Stefano Giovannoni ideal to sit and read or think up new ideas. Other highlights include Africa stools and Frame table designer contract furniture designed by Eugeni Quitllet and Ramón Esteve, and minimalistic Kes chairs designed by the Buratti Brothers and the Jut table.

The result of this multifunctional space is the construction of a singular site which although detached from the standard office, allows people to work in a different way and at the same time enjoy the country’s wonderful climate.

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Photos: Studio Shai Gil

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