The pandemic has made us rethink various aspects of life, including ways of working. It poses a new challenge for offices that need to stand out as social places to attract workers to connect. The concept of productivity has become more complex, and the acceptance of hybrid work models has increased substantially in recent years. Still, offices will continue to be essential in the future, assuming new functions such as employer branding and pride, immediate communication, onboarding, creative work, innovation, and creation of ideas.
HVAC company Wolf headquarters are on the outskirts of Mainburg, Bavaria. Three buildings constructed between the 1980s and 1990s hold Wolf offices. Its interior distribution followed the traditional precepts of office design, where the communication/production space ratio was low. The company wanted to adapt its way of working to current times while renewing its image for clients and employees. Wolf commissioned Märzo Studio to remodel and renovate its headquarters according to the new post-pandemic work model, creating a cohesive company and office concept that can also respond to the individual needs of each department.
The accounting department floor was the first to be transformed according to the new concept. The first decision was to dematerialize the long and dark corridor by opening the west side of the building. The space holds two office environments. On the one hand, light neutral hues compound the “focus area”: an open and flexible space based on the shared and clean desk policy. Conversely, tyrolean blue and oak wood are the leitmotifs in the communication and social area, reaching a clear division between the functions.
Phone and one-to-one boxes, designed out of Wolf product frames, reduce the acoustic load in the open office. The choice of materials searches to create an open bright flexible space. They range from acoustic ceilings (Troldtekt) to natural rubber flooring (Nora), also including glass partitions (Lindner), lighting (Arkoslight and Cohauz), ergonomic office furniture (König + Neurath, Narbutas, and Arper), and custom-made pieces such as the tribune, tea kitchen, sideboards and lockers.