When the Italian automotive sales group Autostar approached Udine-based studio Visual Display to create its new workplace, management didn’t just want a new office. “We were called to design something unconventional,” says CEO and founder Giorgio Di Bernardo, “an iconic and distinctive place.”
They answered that call with a 4,300-square-foot open space largely without borders, but with a large central volume of 3D felt concealing a meeting room, photography studio, and back-office technical areas. Autostar’s 50 or so employees move around single and shared workstations illuminated by a custom lighting system that varies in intensity depending upon the amount of natural light and kept quiet by a sound-masking system integrated into the ceiling.
Collaboration and relaxation are encouraged in the large kitchen area, with a communal ash table and coffered ceiling. “It’s an open space with a certain degree of privacy,” Di Bernardo says. “And most of all a place where one could breath innovation. Flexible as a museum space but comfortable as a domestic environment.” Sounds distinctive to us.