Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 02

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 08

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 09

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

 

 

Be ready to be wowed by a facility that feels like the world of Ex-Machina and Passengers colliding into one. This is Sonica’s First Landings, headquarters for the international fit-out contractor as well as a start-up base for FDIs based in Dublin, Ireland. Designed by Kingston Lafferty Design (aka KLD) and commissioned by Sonica founder Donnacha Neary, KLD were required to create an office fit-out and first ‘landing point’ for emerging entrepreneurs, but not without three overarching principles that; a—the space must not look like an office, b—feature technology and style that future proofs the workspace, and c—‘oozes the energy and dynamism’ of Sonica’s team and their high regard for quality design.

Totalling approximately 2,800 square metres and stretching over two levels, First Landings’ narrative begins by entering a narrow entrance that curves to the left into a circular function space curated with gradient orange joinery and floating blue disc ornaments. Following the curve of the breakout area sits a classy bar framing a blackhole tunnel to draw visitors in, before surprising them with a plush and velvety deep blue lounge for a dramatic and theatrical flair.

 

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 25

Sonica First Landings

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 22

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 27

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 28

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 30

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 31

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 32

Sonica First Landings

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 34

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 38

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 39

 

Ascending the orange square tiled staircase opposite the entrance unveils a collection of organised play spaces and workspaces arranged in a manner to erase tropes of a typical open office layout. Centralised at the floor plate are stationed with a boardroom sandwiched by two medium meeting rooms on either side calmly illuminated by Mission to Mars orange. Arranged on the perimeter of the footprint are inbuilt flexible offices and recreational pods that ranges from a podcasting studio, DJ booth, virtual golf to hot-desking lounges.

Towards a corner is a café distinguished by a white tiled orange glass-walled space, and in another is also a circular lounge with an added window seating for panoramic views beyond. Another place of rest also includes a Zen-like pod encased by a perforated translucent wall with green planting being the only colour within the white space.

Strong elements of linearity and geometry are layered within the program of the space to offer an endless horizon while circulating around the office area. In addition to the square tiles and fluorescent lighting, KLD encapsulates Sonica’s personality through lava-lamp-like blue and their signature tangerine orange against shades of concrete shell and occasional stone type textures.

 

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 42

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 45

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 46

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Sonica First Landings

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 58

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 60

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 64

Kingston Lafferty Design Sonica First Landings Workspace Of The Future Photo Ruth Maria Yellowtrace 65

 

The colour combination transforms into effective wayfinding, with orange stripes on the polished black floor around the first floor, otherwise effectively distinguishing built-in joinery found in grey panelled walls. Whilst an overwhelming amount of blue has been spilled inside the lecture theatre, spots of it are enjoyed in the scattered furniture — complimenting the space for a playful effect.

Against the hot-cold ensemble, metal elements are added to reinforce the sense of futurism — perforated metal sheets line against the reception joinery, otherwise chainmail-like blinds curve themselves around the circular lounge. Added peppered terrazzo on selected floor areas and graphical black tiled white grout tiling in other office or inbuilt seating spaces, it’s almost like KLD have pulled elements of a meteorite to tighten the space-like feel.

With each entry experience of the headquarters reminiscent of Archigram Collages, First Landings serves as an excellent precedent for future office fit-outs. Gone are the days of formalised open office areas, but now lifted with an intergalactic air ready to motivate and promote exceptional collaborative workspaces. Work hard and play hard while establishing your own career? This is the place to be!

 

See more projects by Kingston Lafferty Design on Yellowtrace.

 

Click to read full article & see all images

| The article Sonica “First Landings” Workspace of the Future by Kingston Lafferty Design. appeared first on Yellowtrace. |

©

You may also like