Modern Office Design for Administration of East Capabilities Company
Location: Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Scope of services: Interior Design
Date: November 2017
Client: Dr. Abdullah Hamed, Chairman of the Board of East Capabilities Co.
Office design trends often respond to the purpose of the workplace to facilitate activities such as filing, documentation, printing, coordination, and communication. Offices are typically highly functional with the primary design directive focusing on providing an environment conducive to production. The most recent design trends also cleverly use design to establish managerial hierarchy within an office space, with the most important entity usually occupying the most luxurious works pace.
Located in Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this modern office design fulfills all the above requirements with style and attention to detail. Wooden wall panels and flooring add a touch of warmth and flair to this luxurious workplace, where visitors are greeted by a comfortable seating area furnished with plush sofa armchairs upholstered in bright fabric. Elegant marble flooring, laid in a herringbone pattern, spells extravagance. A rich, red carpet adds a splash of color to an otherwise earthy palette. Potted indoor plants bring a soothing element of green and enhance the visual perception of the office space for visitors and users alike.
The visitors’ waiting room is an enclosed area accessed through the reception area. Visitors enter into a welcoming lounge with recessed lighting integrated in a diagonal pattern into the wall panels. A nearby coffee corner offers visitors light refreshments while they are waiting for their appointments. Wooden cabinets provide hidden storage for pantry accessories, helping to maintain a neat, uncluttered appearance. Further down the corridor, the printer has a similar décor with a niche for the printer and floor to ceiling wood-paneled cabinets for storage of stationery items.
Visitors are greeted in a minimalist reception room at the entrance to this modern office design. The reception sets the tone for the rest of the office. Furnished with neat vertical wooden slats for the wall and a combination of marble and dark oak flooring, the perception is immediately one of quiet elegance with a definite touch of grandeur. The paneled wall with recessed lighting flows through into the enclosed waiting room beyond and is a clever design element used to define the visitor areas. A door behind the receptionist’s desk leads visitors into a corridor leading to the offices. The linear design of the corridor is emphasized by closely spaced wooden slats that mirror the design of the reception and draw the eye all the way down the length of the corridor.
A door at the end of the corridor leads into a tastefully decorated master office suite where the owner meets with visitors. The color palette is very sober with shades of cream and dark browns being the principal colors of choice. Dark oak flooring is complimented by light fabric-paneled walls, which house wooden bookshelves, giving a distinctly masculine vibe to this modern office design. A carpeted corner defines a comfortable seating area for discussions with multiple visitors. Discrete lighting recessed into the ceiling provides soft, warm light throughout the day. A unique design element of the office is an elevated private seating nook by the window, designed to allow the owner to take advantage of the magnificent ocean views.
In line with modern office design trends leaning towards exhibiting organizational hierarchy, subtle design nuances such as the presence of oak flooring distinguish the master office suite from other workspaces reserved for others in the hierarchical order.
A secondary office space located behind the visitor’s waiting room offers another comfortable meeting space. Designed with the same color palette and finishes as the main office, this office has light marble flooring complimented by dark paneled walls. Floor to ceiling wooden slats echo the design of the reception area and draw the eye to the corner meeting lounge stylishly furnished with light fabric lounge chairs, and defined by a dark carpeted area.
The two primary office spaces are separated by a conference room in the middle, used for large group meetings. The décor is minimalist, simple and modern with wood being the primary material of choice. Design continuity is maintained by use of the same design elements as used elsewhere in the office.
The assistant’s office as well as those of the office and financial managers use the same materials and color palette, but clearly reflect hierarchy as these spaces do not exhibit the same level of luxury and style as those of the owners’ offices. The simplicity of design and clarity of material, however, are a continuous design feature throughout this modern office design.
Leading off the corridor, adjacent to the printer room, is the financial manager’s office, functionally designed to accommodate books and files while maintaining the overall color scheme of the rest of the office design. Wall-to-wall built-in bookshelves surrounded by neat white paneling gives the office a clean, modern look. The materials used are in keeping with the rest of this modern office design, but the richness and sense of luxury evident in the main office suites is toned down in this office, giving the visitor a clear sense of the hierarchical order.