The new EGE Carpets Regional Headquarters office space is encircled by an amazing panoramic view of the city centre stretching from the port in the south to the conservation quarters in the east. Naturally the brief is to retain the view and address the annoying huge column in the center of the space that is obstructing it. The client also wants “an office functioning as a showroom” and not the other way round. What transpires answered the brief and more. It showcases the client’s expertise and competitive advantages, and is a classic example of how a PRODUCE design interacts with the City.
The overall concept is a hyper-‐realistic garden courtyard. The workspace is arranged along the windows thus bringing about an additional reverse panoramic view into the courtyard. So you look out as well as look in. The meeting room becomes a pavilion in the courtyard serving both as a formal and informal meeting space. Every company has a story and PRODUCE incorporates that into the space and design. EGE Carpets is Europe’s largest manufacturer of carpets and market leader in carpet dyeing technology. Their ability to achieve photo realistic images through a process similar to inkjet printing is crucial to completing the hyper-‐realistic courtyard.
The workspace is carpeted in grey tone reflecting elements of the surrounding skyline, using EGE’s cityscape series for the city centre and transitioning to geometric patterns for the conservation area. The courtyard is in a lush green botanical print and the pavilion in a timber with beautiful grains. All it takes is a few choice selections from the extensive catalogue to showcase what EGE can do. Instead of avoiding, PRODUCE chooses to work with the column to achieve harmony. It becomes a custom-‐designed shelving for storing carpet pieces and samples, and a gallery that you can walk around.
The column shelves are cut in the PRODUCE Workshop with a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine, assembled by carpenters and finished with walnut veneer. In fact all curved parts in the EGE office are from the PRODUCE Workshop to achieve very precise and accurate circles, including the round elevated pavilion base. The results are pictures that look like renderings, with the geometric shapes furthering the hyper-‐ realistic objective.