Taking advantage of its location in front of the Mediterranean Sea on the 15th floor of Torre Colón and its 360° vistas enjoyed by the building, the architecture firm Elastiko has designed a workspace inspired by the metropolitan-maritime relationship.
Cloudworks Drassanes aims to offer a very flexible, innovative, and agile work environment that replaces the traditional static office with warm finishes and links to the sea.
The key concept behind the project was creating a single open-plan space that revolves around the tower’s central core, providing views over the city, which also facilitates calmer work zones for focused concentration and rest.
“Since we began our collaboration with Cloudworks four years ago, we have provided each project with its own unique and recognizable character, achieving a style that is easily recognizable as a strengthening factor for the Cloudworks brand,” explains Iker Alzola, founder and director of Elastiko.
The location, at the end of Las Ramblas, gives the project a unique character. It was the first skyscraper built in the city and the first building over 100 m in height when completed (1969). The architectural language is greatly influenced by Brutalism, with exposed reinforced concrete which is noteworthy for its slightly twisting façade where each floor is slightly rotated relative to the one below.
To achieve the desired result, Elastiko has focused its approach on several areas:
The team has introduced blue color for ceilings and the canteen maximizing the relationship of the building with the sea. They also used natural oak timber for shared central areas lending warmth to the spaces and creating a more welcoming setting for clients. And finally, a continuous strip has been provided around the façade perimeter that takes advantage of the extraordinary views.
The tower’s core provides a double wall of wood that houses the phone booths and relaxation or siesta rooms for more informal calls, together with the building plant and storage. The area is completed with a kitchen-canteen area, a socializing zone, and two flexible meeting rooms that also serve as a games room with a ping-pong table.
The architects also designed the tables and benches for this project and used iconic pieces by renowned brands such as Santa & Cole and Marset for the lighting, and HAY, Cármenes, Enea Design, and Stua for the furniture.
User wellbeing and project sustainability considerations were also crucial to the development of the approach. The architects designed fittings and fixtures for the maximum comfort of the co-workers, benefiting from the availability of natural daylight at the work stations and paying particular attention to the air quality. The team also integrated remote control technologies within the project to control energy use. The 15th floor of Cloudworks Drassanes is currently being used as offices by Danish practice BIG Architects as their base in Barcelona.
Photos by José Hevia